Palm CEO slams Q, doesn’t want to vanquish enemies

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Palm CEO Ed ColliganForbes.com just recently posted an interview with Palm CEO Ed Colligan in an article about mobile etiquette. It’s not interesting so much for what he says (“blah blah, Palm’s the best.”) but for who he focus on. Colligan spends most of his time talking about Nokia and Motorola, and mentions RIM only in passing. Is this a sign that Palm has shifted its focus from RIM to the other mobile heavyweights as its main competition? Makes a bit of sense, as Treos are really PDAs and RIM seems more focused on sexy smartphones than anything else right now. Here’s what he had to say.

On Palm’s response to the Q:

Well, we’re making great products that people love to use. I think you’ll also find [with] the Q enormous return rates, people that are disappointed with its usability. The only thing we can do is focus on what we do best, which is simple, fast, reliable products that people love to use.

On not winning:

It’s not a winner-take-all game. We don’t have to vanquish Motorola or Nokia to be successful. We can have enormous success [with] this company while they continue to have success, and the same with RIM. So we really think as we look at our strategic options that the best opportunity is to execute against our plan, and that’s what we’re going to do.

  • Thought

    Colligan can breathe a sigh of relief (and even show some cockiness) and slam the Q…the Q no doubt has done well, but hasn’t exactly taken over the market…the Q has a more desirable form factor but is handicapped by the Windows Mobile OS.

    The Pearl will not have such problems with its OS…but will still have a more desirable form. In fact, it’s size and shape will be preferrable even to a Q…it will be even easier to carry around.

    So Colligan couldn’t say much about RIM now because in the enterprise market he’s already lost, and in the consumer market, he wouldn’t comment on an unreleased product.

  • Thought

    Colligan can breathe a sigh of relief (and even show some cockiness) and slam the Q…the Q no doubt has done well, but hasn’t exactly taken over the market…the Q has a more desirable form factor but is handicapped by the Windows Mobile OS.

    The Pearl will not have such problems with its OS…but will still have a more desirable form. In fact, it’s size and shape will be preferrable even to a Q…it will be even easier to carry around.

    So Colligan couldn’t say much about RIM now because in the enterprise market he’s already lost, and in the consumer market, he wouldn’t comment on an unreleased product.

  • Thought

    One more observation: Mr. Colligan doesn’t want to vanquish his corporate competitors because he knows that he cannot. Right now Palm does not enjoy that type of advantage in its products or corporate resources.

    He is correct in an implied way: that the consumer/prosumer market is more fragmented and fickle than the enterprise segment, and so it is harder to vanquish your enemies, and especially, to keep it that way.

    He is also correct in that the smartphone market will only grow, and so it is possible to grow without appreciably expanding market share against competitors. Put another way: if you basically keep the same percentage slice of a growing pie, you will grow as well.

  • Thought

    One more observation: Mr. Colligan doesn’t want to vanquish his corporate competitors because he knows that he cannot. Right now Palm does not enjoy that type of advantage in its products or corporate resources.

    He is correct in an implied way: that the consumer/prosumer market is more fragmented and fickle than the enterprise segment, and so it is harder to vanquish your enemies, and especially, to keep it that way.

    He is also correct in that the smartphone market will only grow, and so it is possible to grow without appreciably expanding market share against competitors. Put another way: if you basically keep the same percentage slice of a growing pie, you will grow as well.