Rahul Sood Leaving HP

It’s the end of an era (and likely the beginning of another), at least for high-end gaming and certainly for the webOS community. We’re losing one of our most vocal supporters at HP, Rahul Sood, who is retiring from his position as HP CTO of Gaming and moving on to other exciting things.

Rahul was a huge source of inspiration for webOS enthusiasts early in the transition from Palm to HP-Palm, and he maintained his pro-webOS stance vocally and proudly for quite some time. Things fell off after a point, perhaps because he decided his voice was creating as much consternation as it was helping things along, or perhaps because HP’s public relations department brought some heat. We’ll never know why, but the cheerleading did drop off some and it has been missed.

Rahul had this to say about the webOS community, and it’s certainly appreciated by this webOS enthusiast:

To the Palm webOS Community

Your loyalty and dedication is truly inspiring. Many companies are just starting to understand the value of communities and the impact they can have on brand awareness and the bottom line. Very few companies are lucky enough to have a grassroots movement evangelizing their brand. HP Palm should be proud to have you as vocal critics and evangelists. I’m a big fan of webOS; I think Palm did some amazing things in a very short period of time. Your community reminds me of the old Voodoo community. I want to thank you for inspiring me with your thoughts, passion, loyalty, and camaraderie. I hope you will still allow me to participate in your discussions.

Let me say that the feeling is mutual, and I’ll keep following you on Twitter and elsewhere. I hope that you’ll do the same.

Thanks for your support and great work in HP-Palm’s short history so far. I wish you the best at whatever you choose to do, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Read his entire farewell letter here.


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