Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Mar 2013 15:51 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry's CEO: "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market ... They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that. History repeats itself again I guess ... the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old." Ironic, perhaps, that this comes from a BlackBerry CEO, but that doesn't make him wrong - although I'm sure the usual suspects will claim that it does.
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I like Thorsten
by thesunnyk on Tue 19th Mar 2013 01:42 UTC
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This might be contrary to popular opinion, but I really appreciate what Thorsten has done with RIM, now Blackberry.

Usually about this time, most executives have their eyes squarely on the exit door. They'll still be saying the usual thing of "stay the course" etc. but you can tell they're looking for that golden parachute. In these times a company will usually flop around. Engineers have no idea what they're working on, and priorities change daily. This is all so that execs can maneuver themselves into a new job or a clean exit.

Not to give Engineers a free ride here. Many will start working on completely useless things to pad their resumes instead of getting the company back on track, but the writing is on the wall with the behaviour of the "leadership".

RIM did the exact opposite. The company changed its name to "Blackberry" -- its sinking ship, its failing product. Thorsten has basically committed the future of the company to the product all the engineers are working on. He's righting the ship, pointing the way, and setting sail. Whether or not you think they're going to succeed, their destiny is in their own hands, and everyone in the company is heading in the same direction.

For all the things that have been said about others (who've obviously succeeded -- the Steve Jobs today or the Bill Gates when he was succeeding), I see Thorsten's act as one of true leadership. I wish them all the best.

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