Beleaguered Palm, maker of the Dino-Riffic! Windows Mobile-based Treo and other devices festooned with quaint tiny plastic buttons has just laid off about 10% of its work force.
Dear Palm workers,
Because of our mismanagement, love of resting upon aged laurels, intense aversion to innovation, and general inability to get off our duffs for years… you’re fired.
– Palm Management Team
The Associated Press reports, “The Sunnyvale-based company issued a statement today confirming some layoffs. A person with knowledge of the situation said Palm, which has a worldwide staff of 1,150, was eliminating more than 100 jobs. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Palm was not publicly disclosing the number of layoffs.”
AP’s brief article here.
Our hearts go out to those Palm employees who are affected. May you quickly find work at a company that does exciting, innovative, and original things, for a change. It’s unfortunate that those shortsighted few who misled you to this day will someday soon ride comfortably to earth on their huge golden parachutes. Ahh, life in and after big business.
We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in. – Palm CEO Ed Colligan, commenting on then-rumored Apple iPhone, Nov. 16, 2006
Nobody promised that the bloodbath would be pretty.