Donna Dubinsky

Cofounder, Handspring

Donna Dubinsky joined Apple Computer in 1981, spending ten years in a variety of sales, sales support and logistics functions both at Apple and at Claris, Apple's software subsidiary.

After a year's sabbatical in France, she joined Jeff Hawkins in 1992, shortly after he founded Palm Computing. As president and CEO of Palm, Dubinsky helped create a major new industry segment based on the PalmPilot. In 1995, U.S. Robotics acquired Palm, and in 1997, 3Com acquired U.S. Robotics.

In 1998, Hawkins and Dubinsky left Palm to cofound Handspring. Handspring became a leader in the emerging category of smartphones, where it again created a category-defining product, the Treo. In October 2003, Handspring merged with Palm, which was subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard.

In addition to being a Trustee of the Computer History Museum, Dubinsky is on the board of Yale University and the Peninsula Open Space Trust. She holds a B.A. from Yale University in history, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

In 2005, Dubinsky co-founded Numenta, Inc., where she currently serves as board chair and CEO.


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