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  1. stots's Avatar
    Meh. Maybe Mike should have stepped down as CEO two years earlier, but I am glad he stayed to see BlackBerry 10 to market. It is his baby. And yeah, he made mistakes and yeah he had trouble executing but no one can diminish his role as a tech icon in the world stage. There are warts but many, many roses.

    And the philanthropy is something I always heavily admired about BlackBerry, Mike and Jim. Same with Bill Gates.

    CHYM 96.7 - Appreciation Motion for Research In Motion. - YouTube
    I remember watching that

    Great post

    BlackBerry Z10-Go Leafs Go
    03-31-13 08:40 AM
  2. kill_9's Avatar
    Mike is the one that let the OS fall behind and missed the touchscreen and apps trend.
    He may have done great things but he messed up big time too.
    As with any entrepreneurial endeavour at some point the founders of the company begin to loose their edge. If Research In Motion had been ready in 2008 for the transition to the platform we know as BlackBerry 10, the outcome may be been very different for Mike Lazaridis. The article mentioned repeatedly that Mike is an innovator not a business person. The conflict between innovative ideas and the balance sheet likely arose in the time period between 2007, the height of BlackBerry marketshare, status, and profitability, and 2008, when the company faced increasing pressures from competitors. The BlackBerry PlayBook should have been a successful product for Research In Motion but the slow pace of development plaguing the company to present day is partially to blame. As for Thorsten Heins the jury remains deadlocked,
    Supa_Fly1 likes this.
    03-31-13 08:46 AM
  3. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    Mike is the one that let the OS fall behind and missed the touchscreen and apps trend.
    Don't agree that he 'missed' the app trend or the touchscreen trend. Do agree that he had trouble executing based upon the legacy business model.

    In the case of apps, there have always been apps on BlackBerry, developer relations at BlackBerry and developer tools for BlackBerry. Since many years before there was "an iPhone".

    However, the model that caused BlackBerry to grow became problematic in terms of a platform because there were so many different form factors on different carriers, so many different OS versions, so many different security requirements with corporate customers etc.

    As for the touch screen, it's *EASY* to look back in hindsight and say that touchscreens were going to take over. In reality, data in 2006 said, "people wanted keyboards". The iPhone first came out in 2007 as a disruptive technology and then BlackBerry had a response by 2008, even though it wasn't a good one. and they kept making Touch screen devices - Storm 2, 9850/60, 9360 but they faltered, again, based upon a long standing, difficult to change OS based on years and years and years of history.

    That's an execution problem vs a "ignoring" problem.
    Shanerredflag likes this.
    03-31-13 09:33 PM
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