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Palm Boss Jon Rubinstein Explains the HP Deal: "The Market Moved Too Fast"

Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein explains why he’s no longer running an independent company but working as a Hewlett-Packard employee instead: It wasn’t the phone, or the carriers or the marketing campaign–it was the competition.

Palm could have succeeded on its own–but only as a small company, Rubinstein says. It wouldn’t have been able to really compete with Apple, Google and the rest of the market.

Here’s Rubinstein at D: Dive Into Mobile explaining to Kara Swisher Palm’s decision to sell: “The market moved too fast, as far as competition went… what we didn’t see was a way to get to scale…. We could have been a small, successful company, but I don’t think that’s long-term sustainable in this business.”

More in-progress coverage here from our liveblog.


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People argue about, are we in a post-PC world. Why are we arguing? Of course we’re in a post-PC world, but that doesn’t mean the PC dies. That just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to these other things. But it’s still general computation.

— Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s former technology chief