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August 01, 2005

Alan Kay Leaving HP

The Merc reports that Hewlett Packard's pink slip avalanche includes about a tenth of its researchers at the well-regarded HP Labs, and that three of four discontinued projects are here in Silicon Valley at the Palo Alto lab. Then we learn that Alan Kay, a true legend in technology, is is leaving because he was heading one of those projects.

This sends a message HP cannot afford to be transmitting to the world. Unfortunately, the company is more interested in sending a message to the Wall Street crowd, which can see only as far as the next financial quarter.

HP hasn't been a visionary leader in research for some time. But letting Alan Kay go is a penny-wise move, at best.

Posted by dymaxion at August 1, 2005 07:02 PM


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