Donna Lee Dubinsky, ’77 B.A., M.B.A.
Donna Dubinsky is CEO, board chair, and cofounder of Numenta, Inc., a software company creating fundamental technology designed to lead the coming era of machine intelligence.
After graduating from Yale and earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, she worked at Apple Computer and then as a founder of Claris Corporation. In 1992 she joined Jeff Hawkins at Palm Computing, serving as president and chief executive officer. The handheld computer, the PalmPilot, introduced four years later, became the fastest-selling computer and consumer electronics product in history at the time. In 1998 Ms. Dubinsky and Mr. Hawkins founded Handspring, Inc., creator of the Treo Smartphone, which set the standard for next-generation phones. Handspring merged in 2003 with Palm, where Ms. Dubinsky served as a director until early 2009. She and Mr. Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005. At Yale she served as a member of the University Council. Ms. Dubinsky was named successor trustee in 2006, and senior trustee in 2016.