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Joe Hayashi leaves HP for Numenta, drinks with old friends

by Derek Kessler Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:22 pm EDT

HP has lost another one from the webOS team, and this one’s a big fish: Joe Hayashi. If you’re wondering why that name sounds familiar, it’s because Hayashi was the VP of Product Management, webOS, at Palm. As in “he was the guy in charge of webOS.” He also was the lead presenter (Jon Rubinstein’s role) at Mobile World Congress this year in their European redux of the Think Beyond event, and played a major role in last year’s New York developer weekend.

Now, however, Mr. Hayashi is employed by Numenta. Chances are you don’t know what Numenta does, and it’s been so long that we had to remind ourselves too: Numenta is a small company specializing in Hierarchical Temporal Memory, in other words, figuring out how to make computers work the way our brains work. Numenta is led by a very familiar cast of characters: First up is Palm co-founder Jeff Hawkins, who serves as co-founder (and likely thinker-in-chief) of Numenta, with former Palm CEO Donna Dubinsky the other co-founder and chairing the Numenta board and serving as CEO. There’s also Ed Colligan on the board of directors – yeah, the guy that was CEO of Palm during the launch and development of the Pre and eventually handed the keys to Jon Rubinstein.

And now there’s Joe Hayashi, taking up residence as Numenta’s new VP of Marketing. He spent many good years at Palm, and we’re going to miss having him around. Hopefully we’ll be hearing more from him soon, now that he’s taking the reins of Numenta’s marketing machine. But first, we’re sure he’s going to be setting aside some time to have a few drinks with some old friends at his new home.