One Strike You’re Out

John Gruber:

I suppose Apotheker gave the Palm/WebOS guys a chance, and let them get the TouchPad on the market. But apparently their chance was a one-strike-and-you’re-out opportunity to gain traction in the market immediately. But the TouchPad didn’t get any traction immediately, so, boom, that’s it, Apotheker is done with them. […]

I get the feeling the Palm/webOS guys wanted more time to fine-tune the TouchPad. But Apotheker, the guy who stated with much bravado that HP wouldn’t release a product that isn’t perfect, pushed it out anyway knowing it wasn’t ready. He wanted webOS to strike out. Which makes sense for an ex-SAP CEO focused on enterprise software and consulting.