The Globe and Mail reports that the man who ousted Steve Jobs from Apple is now considering a joint bid for the struggling BlackBerry with Canadian partners. John Sculley didn’t comment on the matter, but said he has been a long-time BlackBerry fan and user.
“The only thing I would say is, I think there’s a lot of future value in Blackberry,” Mr. Sculley said, “but without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging … Whoever buys it would have to have a strategic plan that was credible and could succeed, and they would want to have an experienced team that would be able to implement that plan.”
From what we know so far, John Sculley has to stay in line to bid on BlackBerry, because the sale of the Canadian smartphone maker has attracted various suitors. For instance, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd has already placed a preliminary $4.7 billion offer for the company.
Also, BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin have revealed they are interested in buying the company as well. And the list goes on with other technology companies and private equity firms who seem to be interested in running the Canadian star.
Even the Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd has been whispered as a potential buyer. BlackBerry is silent on the matter. A company spokesman said it will only comment when a deal has been approved.