During Hess' three-year stint as CEO of Konarka, former CEO Berke didn't go far: he remained executive chairman of the company, while also serving as an advisor to the cleantech investing firm Good Energies.
When I last wrote about Konarka, in August 2010 ("Is it dawn or sunset for Konarka's technology?"), the company had raised about $170 million from a collection of investors, and another $20 million in government grants — but hadn't yet moved into high-volume production of the thin, flexible, and purportedly cheap-to-produce photovoltaic material it calls "Power Plastic." Konarka makes its products in a former Polaroid factory in New Bedford; Power Plastic has been integrated into things like messenger bags that can recharge laptops and portable devices. (The company has yet to announce how much Power Plastic it has produced for customers.)
In other Konarka personnel news, the company today announced that it has hired a 30-year Kodak veteran, Jim Buntaine, as its chief technology officer.
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About Scott Kirsner Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched Boston.com in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.
May 22: MIT Sloan CIO Symposium
Chief information officers from Guess, Haemonetics, Intel and other companies talk discuss "architecting the enterprise of the future."
June 3: MITX Innovation Awards
Economist & blogger Jodi Beggs hosts at the Westin Copley.
June 25: TEDxBoston
The oldest and biggest of the locally-organized TED events is back, at the Seaport World Trade Center. Tickets are free, but tough to get. Also streams on the web and airs on WBUR.