The former Apple executive who oversaw the creation of the iPod, Jon Rubinstein was tapped to breathe new life into HP, but has now become a symbol for all the dramatic and bumpy transformations HP has undergone over the past few years.
For the TouchPad, HP avoided using Android at all costs. Well, actually, at a very specific cost: HP spent $1.2 billion to acquire Palm, which developed the TouchPad's slick software, WebOS. But Windows 8 is likely a different story.
Even if HP begins following Google's strategy of licensing out WebOS like Android, don't expect the company to mirror Google's exact approach. Richard Kerris, VP of worldwide developer relations for WebOS, said HP would most likely create partnerships with companies wanting to use its software, since it has no interest in a fragmented Android-like ecosystem.
With the TouchPad, the culmination thus far of HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, the world's largest technology company by revenue hopes it can finally offer a formidable competitor to Apple, the world's largest technology company by market cap, in the race for tablet dominance.
Last week I spent a few days at the inaugural edition of the Open Innovation Summit. Considering this was the first year for the event and that December is not a great month to host conferences in, I think it was well attended.
The conference had a single track of speakers, and most of them were very high quality.
Phil McKinney, the chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's personal systems group, may not be familiar with the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ) - an innovation methodology - but he is talking about a key TRIZ tool in a new interview: the ideal final result.