A man once quoted as saying, “Apple was the last innovative high-volume computer maker in the world” at a time when Apple lost 816 million dollars.
The person with the foresight to begin ridding computers of floppy drives and rely on USB technology not yet widely accepted by the mass market.
With an eight-month timetable, he was responsible for changing the way we listen to music today and arguably creating the path to one of the most widely recognized and used cellular devices.
No, this isn’t Steve Jobs.
I have a lot of respect for Rubinstein. Even though things didn’t go as planned over at Palm, I still believe that the underlining operating system that powered the most recent smartphones out of Palm and Hewlett-Packard is the most forward thinking mobile OS in the wild. It’s a shame the hardware is reminiscent of 1990 technology.
Today, Rubinstein is off in Mexico enjoying the fruit (pun indented) of his labor on some beach. This is where he gave his most recent phone interview to Joshua Topolsky over at The Verge. If you’ve ever used an iPod, it’s worth a read.