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 co-found 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.