Piloting Palm by Andrea Butter
The Inside Story of Palm, Handspring and the Birth of the Billion Dollar Handheld Industry

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The definitive behind-the-scenes story of the visionary team that launched the handheld industry.

Palm insider Andrea Butter and New York Times columnist David Pogue -- with full, exclusive cooperation of the company's founders and more than fifty key Palm and Handspring executives -- tell the riveting tale of the start of an industry constantly in the headlines. The origins of this volatile industry began with the tiny team who beat staggering odds to turn the PalmPilot into a billion-dollar market and later took their ultimate vision to Handspring, now Palm's most powerful rival.

Many of today's current events relating to the competition in this industry are forecasted in this important business drama. The authors take an unprecedented look at how the visionary founders of the industry led one of the most successful startups in history to succeed against all odds-including a shoestring budget, shortsighted corporate partners, and competition from Microsoft. The roller-coaster ride is full of insight into the bungles of venture capitalists, the allure and pitfalls of partnerships with giant corporations, and the steely determination needed to maintain entrepreneurial and visionary independence. With gripping accounts of the last-minute crises that almost torpedoed the PalmPilot on the eve of its unveiling, and the triumphant, unprecedented reception of Palm in the marketplace, as well as the glimpses into the future of this industry, this book is as entertaining as it is instructional. Key revelations include:

* The principles of business, economy, and product design that led Palm to succeed where billion-dollar corporations like Apple, Motorola, and Casio had failed.
* Important moments in technological development of the handheld such as the secret "Easter egg," a software surprise planted in the Palm software that nearly sank launch plans.
* Unique insight into the showdown with Microsoft, and 3Com's tragic decision not to make Palm independent that led Palm's founder Jeff Hanwkins and CEO Donna Dubinsky to take their vision elsewhere.
* The ongoing competition between Palm and Handspring. The new rivals to contend with including Sony.
 

About Andrea Butter

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ANDREA BUTTER worked as director of marketing at Palm Computing beginning in 1993. She managed every product launch, including the revolutionary Pilot Organizer in 1996, and became the company's vice president of marketing in 1998. Currently a marketing strategy consultant, she lives in Menlo Park, California.DAVID POGUE is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times. He is also the author of twenty computerbooks, including the bestselling PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide. He has spoken at events such as Comdex, PC Expo, and Macworld Expo.
 
Published February 18, 2002 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. 376 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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''Piloting Palm,'' written by Andrea Butter, the former marketing director at Palm, and David Pogue, who contributes the State of the Art column to the Circuits section of The Times, discusses dozens of threats faced by the company over the next several years: a disastrous acquisition by the netw...

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Publishers Weekly

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Former Palm marketing v-p Butter is an unabashed fan of the company's founders—technologist Jeff Hawkins, CEO Donna Dubinsky and marketing director Ed Colligan—and she makes a compelling case that these three launched the handheld computer industry.

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