I was a huge Palm Pilot/Treo fan. In my latest LinkedIn post, early Palm employee Joel Jewitt shares stories of their success and failure to become Apple.
Q: Palm had the first mainstream smartphone, the first mobile app platform and even was developing a mainstream tablet/netbook before other PC companies. Why didn’t you guys turn into Apple?
A: The ipod/itunes service phenomenon was the seed for every other mobile product Apple has developed. Or put another way: we should’ve been the ones who built a great music player and service