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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is clueless.

Not that anybody really needed additional confirmation that the CEO of once-relevant Palm has no goddamn clue what he’s doing, but this amazing exchange just came out of this year’s AllThingsD conference:

The conversation shifts to the mobile space and the competition in it. How does Palm (PALM) view Apple (AAPL)?

“We don’t pay that much attention to Apple….I know it sounds really strange,” says Rubinstein.

“Really?” Kara replies. “You don’t worry about the iPhone?”

“No, I really don’t,” Rubinstein answers.

“I don’t believe you,” says Kara, telegraphing a sentiment I imagine is widely held among the audience.

Rubinstein: “I don’t have an iPhone. I’ve never even used one.”

John Rubinstein actually got up in front of a group of people who understand both technology and business and said loudly and proudly that he doesn’t. He has no goddamn clue at all. “We don’t pay much attention to Apple?” Sweet Zombie Jesus, he’s practically admitting that he wants his company to fail. Note to stockholders: Joel Rubenstein hates you and wants you to die penniless in the gutter. Either that or he should wear a bib as he walks around during the day, to catch the torrent of drool that rolls down his chin every time he yells “I’m a CEO!”

Don’t pay attention to one of your major competitors? Are you crapping kidding me, Josh? You’re running a business, and one of the main things a business does is sell a product or service to customers. Customers only become customers once you’ve convinced them that what you’re offering is better than what the other guys are, but how in crapland are you going to do that if you have no idea what the other companies are offering? It’s insane.

Never used an iPhone, Jason? Really? How is that even possible? You can’t walk down the street without seeing one of the beautiful devices (designed by my close, personal friend Steve Jobs), and you can’t go anywhere near a mall without a dozen pimply-faced salessperm throwing them in your face to try out. Are you a hermit? Do you live on a mountaintop, sustained by your own smug lack of awareness of the world around you?

Here’s a pro-tip for people interested in improving Palm’s marketshare and long-term viability in about five minutes: shove a Palm Pre down the back of Jon Rubinstein’s throat until he stops twitching. There, I just doubled your stock price.

Shut up.


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