Former HP CTO Phil McKinney taking over CableLabs as the President and CEO
At HP, Phil McKinney served as the Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for driving innovation across the company's product platform. As such, he was a pretty big fan and supporter of webOS after HP's purchase of Palm. Even though he wasn't directly involved, you might say he was the cheerleader in chief. He was a force within the organization, though the changes that struck HP over the past few years clearly were starting to wear on the man. By the end of 2011, McKinney had retired from HP, setting out to work on his first book and spending more time working on personal projects.
Six months later, things are changing again for McKinney, with his new appointment as President and CEO of CableLabs. If you follow the television news space, you might have a passing familiarity with CableLabs as the not-for-profit research-and-development organization funded by the cable companies. McKinney's innovation and creativity-driven philosophy will fit in perfectly at CableLabs, whose on mission is to drive innovation in the television space. CableLabs has been responsible for DOCSIS internet, CableCard and Tru2way, and other "that's awesome!" innovations that the cable companies stomp out for fear of jeopardizing the precious control over the end user (you). We could go and on about how the cable companies quash and handicap a lot of the innovation that comes out of CableLabs (for instance, CableCard was supposed to allow you to plug a simple PC Card - remember those? - size card into the back of your TV and get full cable access without needing a stupid box and another remote, but that never went anywhere), but that's for another blog at another time...
We wish Phil all the best luck at CableLabs - it should be a good fit for the man who brought HP the BlackBird and FireBird desktops, the Envy laptops, and fancy-pants flexible displays.