Hi @NJHaley - thanks for the question!
This is really just a coincidence, which we might attribute to the ubiquity of Amazon’s products and services. AWS is the best solution for scaling our cloud services at the moment, and the Alexa integration was a great first step and learning experience towards building future integrations (like Google Assistant). It also helps us with ranking for our product on the Amazon store, so there’s a strategic benefit in that way too.
We couldn’t be more excited to have George join us from his leadership role on the Alexa team, but his relationship with Mike and the founders long predates Alexa (maybe even Amazon itself!) He was able to guide some remarkable innovation in machine learning and speech recognition in his time there, and for a small company like ours to have someone of his experience and background at the helm of our technology is really remarkable.
At the moment, our development work is focused primarily on improving device detection and helping users conserve more energy through their use of Sense, but we are always looking at the feasibility of new integrations, and Google Assistant and many other technologies are certainly on our radar, so don’t despair!