L.A. Tech Updates: 'Smart' Glass Gets a Boost
Crown Electrokinetics Smart Glass Makers Partners with Hudson Pacific
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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GoodRx earned dot.LA's top 2020 Startup award on Wednesday, beating out the popular sneaker reseller GOAT, the meditation application Headspace, mobile gamer Scopely and viral-video app TikTok.
"GoodRx started in Los Angeles, and will always be a Los Angeles-based company," said co-CEO Doug Hirsch. "We're so excited about the support we've received over the last decade from both entrepreneurs and investors and just incredible people that make up the ecosystem here in California and specifically in Los Angeles."
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Minutes into filling out my absentee ballot last week, I was momentarily distracted by my dog Seamus. A moment later, I realized in horror that I was filling in the wrong bubble — accidentally voting "no" on a ballot measure that I meant to vote "yes" on.
It was only a few ink marks, but it was noticeable enough. Trying to fix my mistake, I darkly and fully filled in the correct circle and then, as if testifying to an error on a check, put my initials next to the one I wanted.
Then I worried. As a reporter who has previously covered election security for years, I went on a mini-quest trying to understand how a small mistake can have larger repercussions.
As Los Angeles County's 5.6 million registered voters all receive ballots at home for the first time, I knew my experience could not be unique. But I wondered, would my vote count? Or would my entire ballot now be discarded?
My distractingly sweet dog, Seamus.
Photo by Tami Abdollah