Is Jon Rubinstein on his way out at Palm?

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Is Jon Rubinstein on his way out at Palm?
We recently reported that Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein had said in an interview that Palm had a plan for surviving and thriving alone. On the other hand, the company is like a wounded swimmer, dripping blood in the ocean as the sharks circle around the rapidly dying carcass. We have already seen from the unfocused ad campaign for the Palm Pre when it was first launched, that Mr. Rubinstein is not the greatest of marketers. If the exec can't sell a phone (especially one that had strong momentum behind it), how can he sell a multibillion dollar company? Rubinstein, who joined Palm after leaving Apple, was the man of the moment when the Pre was introduced early last year, but now Palm's board has to decide if the company is better off without him. If the board wants to push for a sale of the company, or even just a restructuring, the CEO's departure could hasten change at the manufacturer-even if it is a takeover. Some Palm employees have already deserted the sinking ship, such as Michael Abbott, Palm's head of software and services, who left Palm to join Twitter. What happens with Jon Rubinstein will be the tip off of what avenue Palm is going to take. If  Rubinstein stays, it would appear that the company would be trying to remain independent, developing some new hardware and perhaps licensing webOS. If Jon walks out through the front door, it would seem that Palm's board had decided not to waste any more time trying to fend off suitors and an auction of the company or a major restructuring would proceed.

source: TechCrunch



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Palms board should just vote to remove Rubinstein if he's the only obstacle inbetween the company's utter downfall and the possibility of life under new ownership. No reason why he should stay if he's driving the company into the ground.

2. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

if palm could JUST come out with something competetive to the market they would do great! How hard is it to just decide that Palm Pre was undercut to competition. Palm should say lets come out with a 3.5in screen or more with or with out a keybored. How hard is that? really? If the Pre was larger like the Droid and iPhone and they cut the keyboard it would sell, WebOS is pretty sick, Id love to see it on a larger screen and more App capable phone. and dont sell it to Sprint, sell it to someone who can sell it!

3. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I agree with PapaJay. Not sure what Palm was thinking when they came out with the Pre and had it land on Sprint. Considering Palm has always just made "alright" phones, it didn't really make sense having the Pre sold through Sprint. Seemed like before it came out they did some hyping up for the phone and the marketing just disappeared and people at one point didn't even know that it came out!

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