BlackBerry announced two corkers this morning; founder Mike Lazaridis is leaving, and the company actually made money.
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.
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…
RIM's Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis is on a roll with expressing his feelings of anger/hurt/outrage, as shown in a NYT interview yesterday and now a cut-short video with the BBC, which dared to ask about the "security problem" of the last year which saw BlackBerry services temporarily terminated in the Middle East and India.
RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis moaned to the NYT: "Why is it that people don't appreciate our profits? Why is it that people don't appreciate our growth? Why is it that people don't appreciate the fact that we spent the last four years going global? Why is it that people don't appreciate that we have 500 carriers in 170…
RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis was just on stage at the Dive Into Mobile conference, babbling on about who knows what. It seems he's trying to justify his reasons for wanting to stick with outdated smartphone tech. Instead, he's borderline incomprehensible.
RIM's CEO Mike Lazaridis spoke out ahead of tomorrow's banning of BlackBerry services in Saudi Arabia, coolly pointing out that "everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue." [WSJ]
"I don't see the benefits of a tablet over a notebook...A lot of technology falls in the middle."