Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO bro team who oversaw the implosion of RIM and the complete descent into irrelevance of the BlackBerry, aren't shedding any tears right now. Why? Despite career failure, they got a luxury parting package.
In advance of today's earnings call, RIM announced that co-founder Jim Balsillie has left the board of the company he built.
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie are out, and Thorsten Heins is in as their replacement CEO at RIM. To showcase just how dynamic and inspirational he is, the company posted a video of their bold new leader on YouTube. Only, uh, it's probably more likely to send you to sleep than get you buying a BlackBerry.
RIM's co-CEOs, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie—aka the keyboard-loving odd couple—are finally realizing they're running BlackBerry into the ground and jumping ship before it's too late. That is, Lazaridis and Balsillie are stepping down at RIM. Done. Gone. Bye bye. The new CEO of RIM will be former COO Thorsten…
Promising that "we will have an over the air email client to announce very very soon," RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie also spoke of the reaction to the PlayBook tablet in the first wave of reviews. Labelling that it wasn't "fair" reviewers suggested they rushed the tablet out too fast, he also failed to convince the watcher…
During an earnings call yesterday, Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to talk Apple up and talk down just about everyone else. But RIM's co-CEO Jim Balsillie has a message for those who exist outside of Apple's "distortion field:"