Phil McKinney

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Phil McKinney is an American businessman who is CEO of CableLabs.[1] McKinney was CTO of Hewlett-Packard’s Personal Systems Group.[2] He is an author[3] and hosts a podcast.[4]


McKinney became product development manager for the software division at Prentice Hall publishing in 1982.[5] Later he became director of product development for ThumbScan in 1988.[6] ThumbScan was a key based device that allowed only authorized users to log into encrypted data on a computer.[7] In 1990, McKinney became president of Tereplex.[6] He led the Tereplex agreement with Atmel to license the Minimum Instruction Set Computer (MISC) technology.[8] From 1991 until 1996 he was a senior executive for the Communication Industry consulting practice at Computer Sciences.[6] In 1997, McKinney went to work at Teligent.[9] While at Teligent, McKinney served as senior vice president and CIO.[10]

He became CTO for Network and Server Provider Business division of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 2002.[9][2][11] McKinney served as CTO of HP's Personal Systems Group[12][13][14][15] from 2005[9][16] until 2011.[17][18][19] While at HP, he founded the Innovation Program Office[1] which focused on fostering new technologies, products and services for HP.[14][12][20] His Innovation Program Office (IPO) team created products and technologies including Blackbird, a high-end gaming PC,[21] Firebird, a gaming PC using laptop technology.[22] IPO created Envy 133, a laptop made with carbon fiber which was the thinnest laptop at the time of its release[23] which won a best of category award from I.D.'s annual design review in 2009.[24] The team also created Gabble, a private video sharing platform,[25] Twynergy, which identifies user interests on Twitter and has the ability to compare users,[26] Pluribus, a 3D display technology,[27] Vantage TouchWall, an interactive wall display,[28] and DreamScreen, a touch screen all in one device that was marketed in India.[29][13] These innovations earned HP a spot on Fast Company's list of the world's 50 most innovative companies three years in a row.[30][31][32]

In March 2010, McKinney joined the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum.[33] He authored the book Beyond the Obvious: Killer Questions That Spark Game-Changing Innovation[3] published by Hyperion in February 2012.[14][1] In June 2012,[16][4] McKinney became president and CEO of CableLabs,[3][1] a non-profit cable industry research and innovation lab based in Louisville, Colorado.[34]

Other work[edit]

McKinney founded and hosts a podcast named Killer Innovations.[4][1] He is a contributing columnist for the Forbes column “The Objective.”[14][4] His board memberships include the advisory board for Hacking Autism and The Computer History Museum.[14][9][33] In 2011, he wrote an article about the “7 Immutable Laws of Innovation.”[35]

Personal life[edit]

McKinney was born in Cincinnati. He is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts.[36] McKinney lives with his wife in Colorado and has three children.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Phil McKinney". Computer History Museum. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Kevin McLaughlin (October 31, 2011). "HP's PSG CTO McKinney To Retire At Year's End". CRN. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Phil McKinney World Renowned Expert on Technology, Innovation, and Creativity". Red Brick Publishing. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Andrew Webster (May 31, 2012). "Former HP CTO Phil McKinney joins CableLabs as CEO". The Verge. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Nicole C. Wong (April 29, 2007). "HP Exec Stays on Top of the Game". San Jose Mercury News.
  6. ^ a b c d Nicole C. Wong (April 29, 2007). "Philip McKinney". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Paul Myers. "ThumbScan PCBoot". PCWorld. 7 (1).
  8. ^ "Amtel Licenses Teraplex' MISC Tech". Electronic News. July 9, 1990.
  9. ^ a b c d Todd Spangler (March 31, 2013). "The Innovation Mechanic". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Steve Donohue (May 30, 2012). "CableLabs names former HP exec Phil McKinney CEO". Fierce Cable. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Alone With the Guru". Vanity Fair. July 2009.
  12. ^ a b Julie Bort (March 19, 2012). "Don't Let 'Corporate Antibodies' Kill Your Best Ideas, Warns Ex-HP Exec". Business Insider. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Caleb Garling (November 1, 2011). "Interview: PC Guru Phil McKinney On His Split From HP". Wired. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Phil McKinney". CEA. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  15. ^ Andrew Couts (November 1, 2011). "HP Personal Systems CTO Phil McKinney to retire". Digital Trends. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  16. ^ a b "CableLabs CEO McKinney discusses the DOCSIS 3.1 rollout, carrier-grade Wi-Fi and 4K". Fierce Cable. January 21, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  17. ^ Dean Takahashi (October 31, 2011). "HP technologist Phil McKinney to retire so he can advise startups". Venture Beat. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  18. ^ Reena Jana (November 26, 2007). "Putting the I into HP". Business Week.
  19. ^ Cliff Edwares (December 22, 2008). "How HP Got the Wow! Back". Business Week.
  20. ^ Alexei Oreskovic (March 29, 2007). "Inside H-P's Idea Incubator". TheStreet.
  21. ^ "HP Blackbird 002". CNet. September 5, 2007. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  22. ^ Rich Brown (January 5, 2009). "HP Shrinks Firebird Gaming PC With VooDoo". CNet. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  23. ^ "Voodoo Envy 133". PC Mag. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  24. ^ "Annual Design Review 2009 Best of Category". I.D. Magazine. August 2009.
  25. ^ Chris Dannen (April 15, 2009). "HP Launches Gabble, A Youtube Competitor". Fast Company. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  26. ^ Ina Fried (May 23, 2011). "HP's Twynergy App Gleans Patterns From a Stream of Tweets". All Things D. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  27. ^ J.R. Nelson (January 28, 2011). "Eyes-on with Pluribus: HP's Amazing 3D Technology". Desktop Review. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "A Peek at H-P's 'Wall of Touch'". Wall Street Journal. January 19, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  29. ^ Paul Miller (December 1, 2010). "HP's DreamScreen 400 is the touchscreen Linux desktop you'll never own". Engadget. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  30. ^ "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies". Fast Company. March 2008.
  31. ^ "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies". Fast Company. March 2009.
  32. ^ "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies". Fast Company. March 2010.
  33. ^ a b Steven E.F. Brown (March 16, 2010). "Computer History Museum adds HP, Ericsson execs to board". San Francisco Business Time. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  34. ^ "Phil McKinney". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  35. ^ Austin Carr (August 23, 2011). "HP Touchpad Guru Phil McKinney Lays Down "7 Immutable Laws of Innovation"; Do They Apply to Hp?". Fast Company. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  36. ^ "HP's Eagle Scout". Forbes. October 9, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2015.