Former Apple CEO, John Sculley Considers BlackBerry Bid


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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.


  • Farids

    Sculley is absolutely right in his comments. RIM (I’m calling BlackBerry with its old name because that was the time they had some innovation in them) still has many major , ultra high profile customers, among them, large multinational corporations and many governments. They have a great product with high security and in the same class as their high profile customers. They own all the technology and have an excellent design team that can meet and overcome technical challenges. They do have an innovative R & D department, if the upper management allows them to use that ability. They own their patents which is a huge factor in this field. They have all the suppliers and manufacturers they require to be a major player again. They have no debt. They only lack two things, a good management team without the current god syndrome that’s running through the board of directors; second, a management team that’s in touch with the little people down on earth to see what their real interests and needs are. The new ownership will determine if the new direction of the company is toward innovation and again becoming one of the leaders of this industry, or further sinking of this great company with the arrogance among the leadership ranks that originally resulted its ongoing downfall.

  • sfsfs

    Agreed. I don’t know if he’d be good or back for them. On one hand he almost killed Apple and did a pretty miserable job finding a direction for them. On the other hand, e almost killed Apple and I’m sure learned a bunch of good lessons. He also did quite well with Pepsi. Tough call. I’d like to see him over some inexperienced guy with no or little experience in consumer electronics.