What HP Looks For

Via the Wall Street Journal, HP’s CTO Phil McKinney had some thoughts on what HP looks for in a startup to acquire:

McKinney says H-P looks for three main things when it comes to considering the acquisition of start-ups: H-P wants them to “touch the future” by using touch-screen technology, to “see the future” by offering cutting-edge display technology including 3-D, and to “hear the future” by creating an innovative audio experience.

Yes, please. Let’s have some of that in some webOS devices sometime soon, m’kay?

All of this is part of a larger strategy at HP to recognize and then leverage the increasing blurring of the lines between personal and professional:

McKinney says employees – particularly younger ones – no longer differentiate between personal use and work use for their mobile phones and other devices. But that brings with it a set of challenges in the area of data security, as employees increasingly want their work information on their personal cell phones.

One result of this trend is that devices will increasingly have “two personalities” – one for personal use and one for work use – creating plenty of need for new technologies and plenty of headaches for corporate IT directors concerned with data security. Those IT chiefs will have to be much more flexible than they’ve been in the past.

Once more, HP provides a hint as to what they’re trying to do across all of their product lines, and it would be silly to ignore how this kind of long-term thinking affects webOS. Let’s repeat that first paragraph again, just to remind us of the great things we’ll (eventually) be seeing from HP-Palm:

McKinney says H-P looks for three main things when it comes to considering the acquisition of start-ups: H-P wants them to “touch the future” by using touch-screen technology, to “see the future” by offering cutting-edge display technology including 3-D, and to “hear the future” by creating an innovative audio experience.

Yeah, that has a nice ring to it.

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