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BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

Was interviewed by CTV News the evening of Sept 21st on Blackberry’s fate. Time to take a look back. The ‘crackberry’ was a groundbreaker launched by Waterloo-based Research In Motion in 1999. The amazing ingenuity lasted nearly forever, in ‘tech years’. 14 years of success in the fast-shifting tech world is worth saluting. Especially for a small [...]

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Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

For folks asking by email or in person (you can also Comment via blog post; it’s private) I’ll answer your Blackberry themed questions all in one spot: 1. How did I know this quarter’s results BB would disappoint? I didn’t ”know”; I merely predicted, based on classic market behavioural factors(see #6 below). 2. What’s next for [...]

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BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

Kudos to Thorsten Heins for adding focus at Blackberry. Kudos to his firm for courting app developers & urging current users to be patient until the next device. Blackberry now has a renewed life with BB10. No frivolous tablet launches. No recent crucial system downtime. No compromise to launch fast; instead, launching when ready. Turning [...]

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Would U Like Fruit With That?

Would U Like Fruit With That?

Apple is firming up its relationship with twitter, even as we hear more about a tighter Google-facebook alliance. It’s an Apple strength to get way ahead of the curve; they’re betting that 140 characters is the attention span limit of future generations; I’m not sure that I blame them for that call. But…. there are [...]

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CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

Black Days for Blackberry. Here’s Jennifer Ward asking the tough questions: Of the many smart questions she asked, the most sage is: Will Consumers Wait (until 2013)? As a Blackberry user myself, I doubt that many of us will wait that long. There are just too many advantages to having an iphone or Android device [...]

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Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

That sound of flushing is the sound of RIM share values circling down. RIM is led by a CEO so strategically limited that he said ‘staying the course’ was viable when he promoted to the post. How much time (and shareholder value) was lost as Mr. Heins climbed the ‘Strategy 101′ learning curve? Who knows. [...]

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RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

Rest assured that Thorsten Heins’ comments to stay the course to fix RIM- hire a new Head of Communications, execute a one-off Playbook relaunch- won’t fix RIM. This company went from darling to doldrums for good reason- it needs a strategic reboot- an issue as I’ve hammered home for over a year. Think like Sun [...]

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