Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff speaks during a press conference where Alphabet announced it will develop an area of Toronto’s waterfront on October 17, 2017.
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Alphabet is folding its smart city projects, known as Sidewalk Labs, into Google, as the company aims to bolster its climate sustainability efforts and consolidate businesses that aren’t making money.
In a Medium post on Thursday, Sidewalk’s Founder and CEO Dan Doctoroff announced the changes. Doctoroff also said that he’s stepping down from his role due to a medical condition that he fears could be the onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which affected his father and his uncle.
“Now, unfortunately, it appears very likely that I have ALS, too,” Doctoroff wrote, adding that it appears to be early and that “doctors have started me on a cocktail of drugs that, hopefully, will slow the progression of the disease down a bit.”
Doctoroff, who previously served as CEO of Bloomberg LP, founded Sidewalk Labs in 2015 with an aim to work with cities, using technology to address urban problems like real estate development, parking and energy savings. He said in the post that the projects from Sidewalk being folded into Google include Mesa, which helps buildings manage energy costs, real estate design company Delve, and Affordable Electrification, which manages home energy utilities.
Also joining Google from Sidewalk will be Pebble, which claims to provide sensors to municipalities and real estate…