EET: How do you see your job as CTO for PalmOne?
Hawkins: I’m really a product guy. I tend to focus on the next big thing.
I was very involved in the Treo 600. I was almost not involved at all in the Treo 650. [Now] I am working on something else which is completely different. My value is trying to figure out how to get the next thing going.
Ka-Ching! I like the sound of that! Though apparently the next thing will be about 2 years away… Hawkins has a very high hit rate: The Original Pilot, Handspring, and Treo. Interesting that he was not involved with the Treo 650, which is really an iteration more than a true advance (still need it though right?). I wonder if he had been involved what would have been different. I’d bet the memory would be a non-issue for sure.