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Crown Electrokinetics Smart Glass Makers Partners with Hudson Pacific 

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Crown Electrokinetics, a maker of "smart" glass that automatically darkens, announced Thursday that Hudson Pacific Properties has invested in the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Though headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon, Crown's chairman and CEO Doug Croxall resides in Los Angeles and the company has an office here. Hudson Pacific is headquartered in L.A.

"It's truly an honor to partner with Hudson Pacific, one of the country's leading real estate investment trusts and a company that looks to innovate at every turn," Croxall said in a statement.

Crown pioneered a technology called DynamicTintTM, which enables glass to quickly transition between clear and dark, eliminating the need for window shades and saving energy consumption. As part of the deal, Hudson Pacific has agreed to use the product at some of its properties on the West Coast.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

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Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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