» So what about the remaining employees? No one is quite certain what plans CEO Meg Whitman has for the future of the company, though expectations are high considering her time as eBay’s chief executive. CareerBliss, a company with the stated goal of “helping you find happiness in the workplace”, says that employees have been less happy since Whitman became the company’s chief executive. Following reports of the layoffs, CareerBliss CEO and co-founder Heidi Golledge told Business Insider that honesty just might be the best policy. “This is a time for her and her team to be totally transparent,” said Golledge, adding, “HP employees need to be confident that the company has a future – and, just as importantly, that they have a future with it.”
The market was created by Apple. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a strong No. 2 player.Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman • Reversing course entirely on two of former CEO Leo Apotheker’s key decisions as CEO — the departure of the tablet market (and the ensuing lulz) and the spinning off of the PC market. As for the latter, Whitman claims it would’ve been far too expensive — it would’ve cost billions and would’ve proven extremely inefficient. “If you try to hive a division off, it’s really hard because you almost have to recreate the whole thing,” she said. Will this be enough? source (via • follow)
These guys are a bunch of clowns, surpassed in incompetence only by Yahoo’s board.Ironfire Capital managing member Eric Jackson • Expressing frustration with the Hewlett-Packard board, which reportedly leaked the news of Leo Apotheker’s ousting, and subsequent replacement with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, hours before the announcement was to be made. Not that Jackson is a big fan of Apotheker or anything. “Apotheker is the worst CEO hire in the last decade,” he says. But the problem is the process that led to his hiring — some messy rumors and an internal investigation led to the board dumping a pretty good CEO, Mark Hurd, and hiring Apotheker without even meeting him — meant that he turned out to be a horrible fit. Whitman at least has a shot at being good at this CEO thing, but the board sounds like the real problem. source (via • follow)
We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.HP Executive Chairman of the board Ray Lane • Discussing the reason to ditch Leo Apotheker as CEO and replace him with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. What do you guys think of this move? Will this be enough to make up for the TouchPad idiocy? Will she move HP back in a consumer direction, after Apotheker tried to move it towards enterprise services?
The speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. We have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.A statement from Hewlett-Packard • Revealing that the company’s late-round success with the HP TouchPad was enough that they’re going to produce more of them and sell them at fire-sale prices. Which is hilarious, and tells us all that the decision to stop selling them was perhaps a little too rash. Good work, HP! source (via • follow)
idroolinmysleep said: This is strange. the TouchPad page on HP’s own website has the $99 and $149 prices with links to a bunch of shopping sites (including BB) right there. Maybe they only want to sell them online?
» SFB says: That’s my best guess. Best Buy in particular took a bit of a hit on the TouchPad — they have a couple hundred thousand in stock, reportedly. You’ll notice that the HP site shows them at $99, but it is in fact not selling them at this time. — Ernie @ SFB