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|Headquarters||Milpitas, California, United States|
|Rao Mulpuri (CEO)
Paul Nguyen (Chairman, Founder)
|Products||Switchable glass curtain walls, windows, doors, and skylights|
Number of employees
View, previously Soladigm, is a company working on the development of energy-saving smart windows based on electrochromism that can control light and heat while maintaining view and reducing glare. Originally named Echromics, Soladigm was founded in 2006 by Dr. Paul Nguyen, an expert who had worked in electrochromism since graduate school in the early 1990s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, Mike Scobey was hired to be CEO. Scobey was later replaced by Rao Mulpuri as the new CEO of the company. On November 12, 2012, Soladigm announced a name change to View, Inc. and that its commercial-scale dynamic glass product is ready for global deployment.
After raising around $10.6M in Series A funding from Sigma Partners and Khosla Ventures, Soladigm focused on building up a team of experienced technologists and executives and developing its technology. In 2009, Soladigm closed an additional $20.7M in Series B funding from its existing investors and moved its headquarters from Santa Rosa to Milpitas, CA. In late 2010, General Electric selected Soladigm to be a winner out of 3,800 contestants in 150 different countries in the Ecomagination Challenge. In 2011, Soladigm raised at least $40M in Series C funding while receiving about $40M in loan from Mississippi to build its first manufacturing plant there. In June 2012, View announced that it had raised $55M in Series D Financing. In January 2015, View raised another $75M. In August 2015, Forbes reported that View raised $150 million from the New Zealand Superfund, Corning, Madrone Capital Partners (associated with the Walton family), together with several leading real estate players. View was valued at over $836 million in this latest round. The new money would be used to accelerate market expansion. View Dynamic Glass has been installed in more than 200 building structures across North America, with an additional 100 underway in various commercial markets such as corporate offices, healthcare, government, higher education and hospitality.
The first switchable electrochromics window and skylight products from Soladigm are projected to reach the market in the spring of 2012.[needs update] In January 2012, Solar Innovations, Inc., a custom manufacturer of commercial and residential folding, stacking, and sliding glass doors and windows, glazed structures, and skylights, announced a new product offering with Soladigm's switchable electrochromic glass. In April 2012, CrystaLite, Inc. began to offer a new product, Soladigm Dynamic Glass, to provide its customers with thermal comfort, energy saving, and architectural design freedom. On May 10, 2012, Soladigm and Guardian Industries, one of the world's largest glass product manufacturers, announced a partnership to market and sell Soladigm Dynamic Glass in the commercial buildings sector. In December 2013, a Forbes's article claimed that demands for View's products had been strong enough that View was sold out completely in 2013 and was working on fulfilling orders well into 2014.
View's main competitors include SAGE Electrochromics in the US and EControl-Glas in Europe. Saint-Gobain, a French multinational corporation which has successfully commercialized switchable electrochromic sunroofs, recently paid $80M to purchase a 50% stake in SAGE Electrochromics. Since 2010, Applied Materials started to explore electrochomic smart glass as a new business opportunity, leveraging its expertise in thin film deposition and manufacturing technologies.
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