2011 was not a kind year for Canada’s tech prodigy, Research in Motion. RIM’s Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis doubted the iPhone when it launched in 2007. They made claims about how we don’t need apps for the web and blamed iPhone data demands for network congestion. RIM couldn’t even setup the App World developer program properly. These guys just don’t get it.
2011 was supposed to have been a monstrous year for RIM, but their product launches were an absolute failure (*cough* PlayBook). In some positive news, they did win something though–the 2011 Business Newsmakers by The Canadian Press:
“This pair blissfully missed or ignored all of the warning signs of change, turning this Canadian tech success story into a Canadian tragedy,” said Winnipeg Free Press business editor Steve Pona.
“They rode the wave that carried RIM to the top of the market, onto the shoals. They should have been brought to heel by the RIM board long ago.”
Ouch. Insert <RIM joke> here.
Best of luck in 2012, fellas. Bring on BlackBerry 10.