The smart home brand Ecobee announced its largest-ever round of funding on Wednesday, with $61 million in new investments led by Energy Impact Partners. Other investors in the Series C funding round include Thomvest, Relay Ventures and.
Essentially, that makes the deal a reup from 2016, when the Alexa Fund joined some of those same names.
"We're excited to continue our support of Ecobee through participation in its Series C financing and our broader work together across a number of important Alexa capabilities," said Paul Bernard, Amazon's director of the Alexa Fund.
Launched, the Amazon Alexa Fund is a $100 million-dollar pool of capital from which the retail giant makes strategic investments in Alexa's third-party partners and developers. And, like with , the strategy here seems to be largely about for Google's growing family of Nest smart home gadgets.
Based out of Toronto, Ecobee is probably best known for goingfor smart thermostat supremacy. The company claims that it's captured roughly a third of the smart thermostat market since its founding in 2007 -- four years before the was even a thing.
In addition to serving as a foil for Nest, Ecobee has been an enthusiastic partner for Alexa. The company's thermostats wereto sync up with Alexa's voice-activated smart home controls, and its latest smart thermostat, the , even has Amazon's virtual voice assistant built in. The same is true for an upcoming Ecobee smart light switch, announced last year.
The new funding brings Ecobee's capital up to a total of $146 million, and the company says the plan now is to build upon its vision for the voice-controlled connected home.
"We believe that by building voice capabilities, advanced sensor technology and powerful AI into the operating system of your home, we are helping to create a new computing platform," said Stuart Lombard, Ecobee's president and CEO. "This technology will transform the way consumers interact with their favorite services for the better."