Ecobee started in 2007 when connected thermostats were an entirely different product and nothing like what’s available today. Ecobee released its SmartThermostat in 2008, bringing modern connectivity and usability to the device. I’m excited to host a special IRL TechCrunch Live event at CES 2023. We’re filming in the LVCC Grand Concourse on the first day of CES, and hope you can stop by to watch.
Stuart Lombard is sitting down with me to talk about the growth and development of his startup, ecobee. He started the company in 2007 with fellow Canadians to improve household energy use. He raised $159 million to fund the effort and sold the company for $750 million.
At TechCrunch Live, we host conversations with successful founders who took an interesting path, and Lombard’s journey is filled with twists and turns. The company raised its $2.23 million Series A in 2007, released its first product in 2008, and then in 2011, had to fight for attention after the sleek Nest Learning Thermostat release. Ecobee kept at it. In 2021, Generac Power Systems bought ecobee for $770 million.
This TechCrunch Live will be filmed at CES 2023, and it’s free to attend. Watch the broadcast at booth #60488, located in the LVCC Grand Concourse, at 11:00 a.m. PST on Thursday, January 5. The event will also be streamed live on TechCrunch.com, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
TechCrunch Live returns to its normal, weekly schedule starting in February with Benchmark’s Sarah Tavel and Cambly CEO and co-founder Sameer Shariff.