Solyndra: Innovation and Economy Viewpoint

University of California at Berkeley affiliates Ikhlaq Sidhu, Paul Nerger & Shomit Ghose have released a Viewpoint on the topic of Solyndra, which filed for bankruptcy this month after receiving $1B in professional investment and another $500M in politicized government loan guarantees.

Though Solyndra has become a politically charged discussion, the case of Solyndra is important and interesting for the Innovation Economy because it uniquely captures the confluence of technology, business models, policy, and a changing landscape in global competition, and thus is of value to students of business and technology in the classroom, executives in the board room, and policy makers in the halls of government.

This Viewpoint is an independent academic study intended to encourage a balanced discussion and develop a teaching case.  Copies of the analysis may be requested by mailing the Innovation Economy Working Group of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (


Published by Ikhlaq Sidhu

Ikhlaq Sidhu is the founding chief scientist of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology in the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley.

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