Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer Moving On

The spiritual and actual leaders of HP-Palm’s Developer Relations team, Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer, are moving on to form their own consulting company. They’ll still be working to help people create great applications (including, or maybe primarily, webOS apps), but they’ll be doing it on their own.

They put their leaving this way on the Palm Developer Center blog:

And so it’s with mixed emotions that we share that we have decided to leave employment at HP. It’s been a singular experience being part of the Palm webOS story up to now and we’re confident that the new resources HP brings will take the developer program to the next level.

We are happy to share that we will continue to work with HP as consultants and we look forward to being an active part of the webOS developer community. Thank you for the support and feedback that you’ve given us during this time that we’ve been at Palm and we look forward to continuing to interact with you in our new roles.

I’m sure I speak for the entire webOS community when I say that we wish them the best and can’t wait to see what they come up with. Their wit, intelligence, and leadership will be missed.

Update: Precentral is reporting that HP is stepping up to the plate to help fill the gaping void left behind by Ben and Dion’s passage. Here’s the(ir) scoop:

..the group that’s primarily responsible for developer outreach, Palm’s Developer Relations Team, already has a new home and a new leader inside HP. A source familiar with the matter has let us know that the team is moving into HP’s "Attach Group," headed by Jason Zajac. Zajac, perhaps not incidentally, worked at Palm for three and a half years as the VP of Strategy and Business Development.

HP’s "Attach Group" group is in charge of the software and service partnerships for the Personal Systems Group inside HP (that group also contains the Palm Global Business Unit).  In other words, HP is looking to take the scale they already have set up for their other personal computer businesses and apply it towards bringing more developers into the webOS fold.

Comments

  1. DigitalYout' says:

    Thats a bummer. Wish them the best. And I do hope they continue to support HP Palm.

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