Chutzpah: Tech's Biggest Broken Promises

By Cliff Edwards - 2012-03-05T20:01:26Z

Courtesy Negri Electronics

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Palm Foleo (2007)

Palm founder Jeff Hawkins was the brains behind this "mobile companion," which was capable of syncing with Palm smartphones for when people needed larger screens and a keyboard. His idea drew internal skepticism. "People would just say, 'It's a stupid idea, who's going to buy this?'" Hawkins said in a 2007 interview.

Hawkins pressed on anyway. But with no native access to e-mail and other Palm applications, his critics were right. Palm CEO Ed Colligan killed Hawkins's pet project weeks before its expected launch.