View, the California-based tintable-window startup, just grabbed one of the biggest VC rounds we’ve ever covered — $1.1 billion from SoftBank Vision Fund at an undisclosed valuation.
Masayoshi Son’s $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund (which includes $45 billion from the rulers of Saudi Arabia) has made even bigger investments in Uber (more than $7.7 billion) and WeWork ($4.4 billion).
View has now raised close to $2 billion since its inception as Soladigm 11 years ago from investors including Corning, Madrone Capital Partners, Khosla Ventures, GE, TIAA Investments, Reinet Investments, NanoDimension, DBL Investors, Navitas Capital, Sigma Partners and The Westly Group.
It’s not a pure-play cleantech investment, as View acknowledges when declaring the value proposition of its internet-addressable windows: Foremost is boosting employee health and productivity, followed by increasing property value, and lastly, saving energy by reducing lighting and HVAC electricity use by up to 20 percent. Regardless of priority, those are significant energy