Apparently Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley might make a bid at BlackBerry

John Sculley
By Kevin Michaluk on 23 Oct 2013 11:20 pm EDT
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The plot thickens. Honestly, I'm about ready to start seriously 'exploring making a bid at BlackBerry' just so I can get my name into a headline in The Globe and Mail or Bloomberg or Reuters. Today the Globe and Mail reported that Apple's former CEO John Sculley is exploring a bid at BlackBerry with Canadian partners. 

Earlier this month, Sculley was making the media rounds and had some not so bad things to say about BlackBerry, which we reported on at that time.

Today he told The Globe:

“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.”

Sculley was at the Helm of Apple when Steve Jobs was famously fired by the board (the two of them didn't get along so well). This all has the makings of an excellent movie plot. Embarrassed CEO buys the competitor battered down by his former employer to take it back to the top and crush the success gained by his replacement. Or something like that.

Check out our BBRY page for everything going on with BlackBerry, the company. There's a lot ot keep up on. The next big "date" on the horizon is November 4th, which is when we'll find out if the Prem Watsa / Fairfax Financial deal has legs.

Topics: BBRY Editorial

182 comments

playbookster

He has a good reputation with marketing. I'd be for him taking over rather than fairfax

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nuff_said

Don't know much about his history at Apple. Will Google it later. But if he likes marketing that's a good start.

propeller10

According to the wikipedia article he was quite successful in the beginning. "Sales at Apple increased from $800 million to $8 billion under Sculley's management"
But he had a completely different vision for the company compared to Steve Jobs which made him resign. That said, this guy doesn't sound bad at all.

JakeTheCat

Sculley was the CEO of Apple, not the owner. What are we talking about here?

Does BlackBerry need to upgrade it's shareholders? Would changing the OWNERSHIP from public shareholders to Sculley (and his partners) help BlackBerry? Or are we talking about changing MANAGEMENT? If it's the later then there is no need to sell the company if your goal is just to change the board and/or executives/management.

If bringing in new management is indeed the best solution then why shouldn't existing shareholders benefit from that? Instead of selling out why wouldn't existing shareholders bring in? If Sculley really believes in BlackBerry, and if it is even slightly plausible he could drive half the type of growth he oversaw at Apple, then there is a lot of room for a win-win arrangement between existing owners and Sculley as an employee (i.e. CEO). There is certainly no need to sell the company and no need for existing shareholders to miss out on the bright future.

wateriestfire

That increase in sales had nothing to do with Sculley and everything to do with Steve Jobs's Macintosh.

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mackerel party

I did some reading, and although the genius behind the Macintosh came from Jobs, what made it revolutionary was the way it was marketed, which is what Mr. Sculley is known for. Blackberry has a fantastic foundation in BB10 for the coming years, especially with the new and emerging trend of M2M technology. However, without the proper marketing to make BlackBerry 10 a desirable and innovative 'idea', the brand will fall and I bet the software innovations and patents will be snatched up by Apple, Samsung, and Nokia. I think that Sculley, as well as Fairfax, see the potential in this OS for a much broader long term strategy, and are hoping to cash in on it! Good luck to them.

Oooooo Dat Z10 seseee

Baconwich

If he got Jobs fired, he must not know much about marketing at all.

Steve Jobs was all the marketing Apple ever needed.

"In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas."

playbookster

Under him revenue went from 800 million to 8 billion in the 90s. It was after he left things started to tank for Apple and it was the ipod that saved then. He also stated the Pepsi challenge marketing campaign.

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SDTRMG

Never knew that, that is quite impressive

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SDTRMG

He also only has a net worth of 200 million, I wonder where he'd get the money.

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playbookster

Rich friends? Lol

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SparkyBC

Same place the fair fax deal is trying to drum up

Doolittle2

If you think of it like asking for money to fund a movie, it's a lot easier if you have a good script and cast lined up.

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fatkiid

He would come in as part of the strategic partnership side, ie not the finance half.

leehardballer12

I wish I was worth 'only' 200 million!! ;-)

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donaldblair

Jobs saved apple with the ipod. Had it not been for that, apple would no longer exist. Scully is a fantastic choice.

From RIM950 to z10: I'm an original RIM user.

donaldblair

*Sculley, even.

From RIM950 to z10: I'm an original RIM user.

Del Mar Dial

Jobs did not save apple with the iPod that is not true it was the iMac. Blueberry, strawberry, grape...hello anyone? sure we can make that argument later the first iPod was fire wire only and released in 2001. The iMac came out in 1997.

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jafrul

or better yet, why don't CrackBerry Kevin find some investors, buy BlackBerry and change it to CrackBerry. lolz.

G-bone

I could go for that...

#IchooseBlackBerry10

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togarika

Or a Crackberry Kevin Trust Fund and all the Crackberry users and abusers contribute.

shredney

Imagine a Sculley / Lazaridis led team. Exciting times people!

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Pete The Penguin

Two CEO's are what helped kill BlackBerry.
I'd like to see Scully as sole CEO with Dan Dodge as CTO.

donaldblair

Exactly. And I think Lazaridis needs to stay far from blackberry. Sculley is a fixer.

From RIM950 to z10: I'm an original RIM user.

Nathan Bael

Agreed. I would like to see both BB10 and WP8 take off. There needs to be more than 2 operating systems. I would also like to see a little more customization in the small areas of BB10.

Jerale Hoard

But Lazaridis created BlackBerry.

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leehardballer12

Lazaridis and Scully would be compelling.....

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leehardballer12

Provided Scully is running the show....

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jcordova2819

Nice

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Undbiter65

Are the forums down? I can't access them on the app nor the actual site. :(

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Georgefly97

Me neither!!

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Undbiter65

Ah so it is a Crackberry issue. Lol. I thought it was the app and uninstalled and reinstalled several times.

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NickMcBride

Yes scheduled maintenance, they will be back up soon! - Crackberry

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eldricho

They are upgrading some stuff, expected to be live again soon

Undbiter65

And they're back!!! LOL

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gebco

This is intriguing to say the least.

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lotuslanderz

Looks like he's jonesing for the CEO job?

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trwrt

He's 74 years old. I doubt it.

leehardballer12

Why cab I not like comments on certain threads??

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BBREADY

This guy looks like a alien ;-)

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Danny Ocean

Yeah sounds more like about a bid for replacement CEO than for an acquisition.

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Icarus3000

Sorry for the off topic comment, but are the forums down?

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GeneralHerzog

Kev broke it. That's what happens when the boss meddles in things at night.

BBZ10wannabe

Yes, scheduled maintenance. Back up soon. But not like BlackBerry soon ;)

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JWWDUKE

Oh, so actual soon. NOT 8 months from now soon? I wonder what that's like?

I'm just kidding. CB better be back real soon!!!!

Spades1234

More interest is better than less.

It's not like he could do worse on the marketing department.

:-/

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billsterjito

Couldn't agree more!

PB, Z10, buying BlackBerry till they are no longer selling

labyrinth9

Kevin, if only you WOULD make a bid!

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Baconwich

Take it to Kickstarter!

"In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas."

R Field

If he brings the Apple marketing team in and keeps the company as business as usual minus most of the executive team and existing marketing department then I'm all for it. If he's planning on gutting it then hell no.

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Bla1ze

He hasn't been a part of Apple in 20 years.

R Field

Oh wow. Maybe he can lure some over anyhow.

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cwalt2166

..why would any sane Apple employee do that?

IJKBB10

I agree get rid of the marketing department starting with Frank. BlackBerry s marketing is still as bad as before

trwrt

Are all the CB contributors going to get manga drawings of themselves for their bylines, or only the big dog?

Bla1ze

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change BlackBerry?

jaiskywalk

Lol!

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varun wasan

Lol. Not this time

IChooseBlackberry10

jas1978

That was the guy!? I remember that line from "Pirates of Silicon Valley ".

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dale-c

Yes, that is the guy Steve Jobs talked into coming to Apple.

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jsille

This movie is getting much more exciting... I gotta get my couch and pop corn ready 'cause something interesting is about to happen...

Proudly Z10 owner...

Playbook007

Perhaps all this interest will show consumers bb10 is valuable

Trolls should be forced to use BB10!

YTDW2000

More and more it's looking like BlackBerry isn't the lame duck media outlets have laboured hard to make it out to be.

Sent from my BlackBerry Z30

trwrt

You're basing that on stories reported by the same evil media, though, right? It's easy to write a story in the newspaper saying so-and-so might be interested, but the people with their money on the line still don't seem convinced that even the FairFax $9 deal is going to go through. We need to see somebody else make an actual offer.

hazarder

Like who..?

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THINK

This sounds like a plan. The current management of BB do not have a plan. I have argued that BB needs to raid Apple for management and design folks to move forward. I still have a BB 9650. The browser is slow as hell. The OS on Q10 is horrible. Blackberry is dead!

Spades1234

The os is bad on the Q? Don't think so,....

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MarkyZ10

I gotta laugh when people say bb10 is bad.

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barney009

Not you again! (THINK) if you hate Blackberry so much why are you always here - move on

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THINK

Barney009: I have been meaning to respond. I have a right to voice my opinion. If you do not like my opinion, why don't you move on. Check your GPS and get directions to HELL.

Doolittle2

That's some reality sound THINKing right there...

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Doolittle2

*really*

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TrueKulcha

Wrong name because you clearly demonstrated that you're unable to "THINK "

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THINK

And you hold the keys to the apocrypha?

Pixstar

THINK doos 

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Jerale Hoard

Seriously, what makes BB10 so horrible? What? Is it because there's no BIS or trackpad? Pffft, boy please. Get over yourself. BB10 is BlackBerry moving forward. Out with the old, in with the new. Even though BB10 is still young it's miles ahead of BBOS 5,6, and 7 combined.

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vulfadli

#deep bro...

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mICRoMaTe

Is he trying to bid for BlackBerry or for CEO position? 75... overdue!

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Doolittle2

Sounds like he wants to assemble funds for a bid, help with the strategic plan and assemble the leadership team. Doesn't say anything about him wanting to run the company.

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dale-c

I read his biography a while back. Interesting. He is pretty full of himself.

He was with Pepsi before apple and he did some good things there.

He brought pepsi to par with Coke back in the late 70s and early 80s before going to apple.

I believe he was behind the Cola Wars.

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chapa6sigma

I don't want him or Thornton heins.

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pfluger

"Apparently the CrackBerry community might make a bid at BlackBerry"

Chicago777Guy

In other words he is saying "T Heins and his team has no experience "...which is kind of true..

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mrskycar

Well, I just hope whoever the new owner is doesn't decide to make BlackBerry a fashion and premium brand like Apple.

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d_chosen1

It is indeed becoming a charade... everyone thinking bidding. but no one shows their cards yet. except for Prem.. like I said someone will come at the 11th hour and bid big or go home.. or blackberry might hold their bluff and say FU this is going to be good

BlackberryFan777

Thanks for reporting this. What makes you think John is putting together a bid? Is it just the comments quoted above? I thought he was a little harsh on Thor and the current executive team, but I'm not sure that amounted to a desire to bid himself.

Apple had a huge iconic hit in the iPod, which turned a crappy company into a decent one. Today, the bulk of people working with the Web stack are on OSX. And iOS devices just can't seem to lose. But most of that happened under Jobs. Scully was captain of the old dead-end pre-Darwin, Macintosh. I think his real success was at Pepsi.

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Turnda643

Hmmm.

X CB followers
multiplied by
Y equal share investment
=
Kevin and CB Nation own BlackBerry!!

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jojo beaconsfield

Show me a business plan and I'll forward my Proxy for 2550 shares to CB.How many others out there willing to do so? Could be fun!!

d_chosen1

Blackberry has to become relevant again... they kinda accomplish it releasing BBM4ALL, lets see if it sticks

quizm

Well,well. If course BlackBerry needs a strategy. It seems to have one. Execution has been the problem. All said, with 10.2 out, now four excellent phones, BBM etc, and perhaps more calm on ownership coming their way, Christmas holds some potential for BlackBerry. Now is the time for all marketing men and women to come to the aid of the party. This year can still be come back year?

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mnc76

Trying to load up this article in the Globe and Mail app... been waiting 3 minutes so far... urghhh horrible app performance.

I support BB10, NOT BB Management!

Genghis2k3

“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.”

Maybe it's the way the quote was edited, but is it me or is he stating the ridiculously obvious above for any company - and therefore,really saying nothing?

devin266

This guy definitely needs to get involved... fingers crossed

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bodden96

Not gonna happen. Period.

landorghini

The whole deal with the bid offers are really interesting and we need to keep our eyes peel to the latest news

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Notcho

Who are his Canadians partners

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jsocan

My guess are the co-founders Mike and Dave, for the equity stake and experience, plus a few Canadian pension funds to keep the majority ownership Canadian to avoid government review.

NinjaB

not saying it's plausable, but i kiiinda really really like this idea for some reason...

I've already been thinking Lazaridis has had enough time on the sidelines, to come back with vision and be better than ever (a la Derrick Rose)... let him handle the operations, then add this guy with a little of the Apple/Pepsi magic for flair and the grandiose on the marketing side.... might be just what BlackBerry needs.

axllebeer

Damn the plot does indeed thicken...

Also nice to see you back on the Blog-front CBK, aka CrackBerry Kevin.

Erkan OZKAYA

Nor worse than Thorsten. Maybe BBRY investors should try him.

BitPusher2600

"I love blackberry pie, its just so d*mn good" --William Shatner

"This just in: Canadian legend William Shatner to make a bid on BlackBerry and take it where no man has gone before!" --The Globe

:P

BlackBerrari

Kevin, make your bid, i am gonna be your unknown sidekick consortium for the financing ;-)

Btw, as you Kevin and Chris, have the numbers... have you ever thought to calculate how much each CrackBerry user should contribute to buy BBRY??? Sort of an FBO, a FansiteBuyOut...;-)

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gordo51

"This all has the makings of an excellent movie plot. Embarrassed CEO buys the competitor battered down by his former employer to take it back to the top and crush the success gained by his replacement."

That gave me a chuckle.

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Maxey05

This is good for BlackBerry because now they have options. So they will do what's best instead of taking whatever they can get.. It seems people do still believe in BlackBerry and want it to survive!.. So I am anxious to see what happens with the company..

Bikram Kochar

He is so old.... ha ha..

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k8bushlover

oh, good -- about 20 more years of experience than Thorsten, then.

k8bushlover

oh, good -- about 20 more years of experience than Thorsten, then.

k8bushlover

oh, good -- about 20 more years of experience than Thorsten, then.

k8bushlover

oh, good -- so about 20 more years of experience than Thorsten, then. The man is a marketing genius.

k8bushlover

oh, good -- so about 20 more years of experience than Thorsten, then. The man is a marketing genius.

BlackBerry Q5

For no one being interested in BlackBerry, they surely have a lot of people interested in potentially bidding. Ironic....you know you have something good when an ex Apple CEO wants to bid on BlackBerry.

Also, for BBM, if "no one uses that anymore", there is surely a lot of people downloading and using it, since pin exchange has gone viral.

It just takes using, and learning about the product (BlackBerry) , to truly appreciate it. I know I love the Z10!

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Jerale Hoard

Well he obviously got his hands on BB10.

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Siya10

Can everybody make a bid? I thought you have to need... ehm... wait.. yes... CASH!

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tragik1

Ever consider that BlackBerry is kiking ass and just pretending too have all these problems?? I mean they are showing up all over... and theres no such thing as bad publicity???? lol ya never know ;)

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Houshinto

Having him buy the company would be a death wish. You think people will take seriously a man who fired Steve Jobs? As if BlackBerry doesn’t have enough hate directed at them already...

Sorry. Pass!

hazarder

And that seems to be all you know of him clearly... my friend, use Google.

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BBKEEPMOVING

Does Mr Scully imply that he is the right person who can do better job in marketing in this mobile phone industry?

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Superfly_FR

Add one to the pile. Let the music play...

That's from my awesome Z30.

dazzle8900

I hope he does not buy cos we will be like that shit they call a iphone

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dazzle8900

Only the person best for BlackBerry is RIM no1 else cos we got history & we just need 2 make a story

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ANTIABE

It's a + for BlackBerry. That's enough

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StickyRice

This guy is for real. He was on Piers Morgans show recently and teased Piers about a company AAPL should buy. They tabled the discussion for a later date.

Sculley has decided to take a real look at the company.

Siya10

He will be known as the guy that almost killed apple and the guy that killed BlackBerry..

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rickster2611

Everyone knows what BlackBerry needs to do get back to where they need to be, apart from the board of directors.

It isn't about the journey it's about having the right people in the right positions.

A recommended reading is Jim Collins : Good to Great.

I hope that the Board are forced to read this book.

Training not redundancies.

Time for a technology revolution from BlackBerry.

Pager to Smartphone. Time to Stop, Look and Listen.

Review - Plan - Do : REPEAT

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markmall

Are they obligated to go through with the Prem Watsa deal if he comes up with the money? How could Sculley and his people perform their due diligence in time?

It seems that what BB really has been missing is a board of directors and CEO with any vision.

Apollo_IV

Shade thrown at Heins like it's Christmas lmao

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nono naziv

Hope can compete with Apple and Android in the future. BlackBerry will live instead of die

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iNeoEon

What's this all about?!I s Scully masterplanning to take BlackBerry down (as if it wasn't down enough now) like he did with Apple? Why isn't he just a Retired enjoying sunset at the Keys?

Me?! I keep movin'!

Zidentia

He would be the better bet than whats out there now and his bid seems more likely to keep the company together. While bringing back the founder is also better than Fairfax Sculley actually has the experience needed to position BB better in the market.

potatoguy

WOW !! with Canadian partners! Wonder if Mike L is part of that group?

Bacon Munchers

Sorry for the OT, but just wanted to say that I find it cool that a potato farmer abuses the BlackBerry!

DaSchwantz

Is he aligned with Lazaridis?

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xandermac

The good new for Sculley is that BBRY is already sunk so he'll have less to do than he did destroying Apple.

duboisstephane0

Bring on the buzz.....more there is, the better for this company.

Go BlackBerry !!!!

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abwan11

I'm not for anyone taking it private, Scully and others have said that there is value in BlackBerry, and it needs to be realized by its shareholders who have paid the bill for this transition.

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jay_men

The shareholders did not pay the bill for this transition. They gambled their money in the hopes that someone will buy at a higher price later on in the stock market. BlackBerry has not received financing from issuing shares for a long time.

SFWriter

I bid 5 Billion Quatloos (Star Trek Geeks will get the reference) . My point however is that no one wanted BlackBerry until the Fairfax offer and now everyone wants a piece of them. I am concerned that it may be broken up.

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ankush77

he is going nuts,a lot of investment support will be required,Prem is better placed than Sculley

THINK

Blackberry is dead!

I want a non-touchscreen top-of-the-line BB with a state-of-the-art trackpad hat features great hardware design. That is what BB should have produced. The Q10 is horrible.

I waited for three years for the release of the Q10. I own a BB 9650. This device is a rebranded BB Tour and marks he beginning of the end of BB: they just released devices without innovation and improvement.

Now, the marketplace has caught up with BB.

I wish some entity would buy he company fast. In the interim, there has been no announcement that BB's braindead management team has been fired wholesale.

I now have to switch to an iPhone5s because of the BB's braindead management or downgrade to a BB 9990 in order to remain a BB user. Does this make sense?

BB needs creative management/design/marketing team to order to make a comeback in the U.S. Otherwise, they can sell their crappy devices offshore in developing countries.

The "Barney" person who keeps making disparaging remarks needs to take a cursory look at BB's financial statements so he can understand what "crazy" looks like.

A number of you have already quietly purchased iPhones because you are well aware that BB is dead.

jay_men

If a BB9900 is your next best option to stay with BB, it's still a upgrade over your BB9650. Since it looks like you have came to the conclusion that you have to get a iPhone5s to meet the requirements which kept you with your old BB, I hope everything works out with your decision and that you find happiness in your tortured life. Peace be with you.

THINK

jay_men:

What do you mean "tortured life?" You have a lot of nerve. Stick to the facts. BB's management destroyed a good product by their failure to innovate and listen to their core customers.

Jerale Hoard

Why don't you go buy the damn device (Crapple iCrap 5S) and enjoy it. Please move on and stop your ignorance. Peace

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THINK

Jerale Hoard: Did you buy a ticket to Blackberry Town? Which device did you decide t choke on?

ranzabar

Sure, why not

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BBUniq01

Anyone who stood up against Jobs is ok in my books. Jobs bullied people into creating his vision, not caring who was harmed in the process. Read his book and was totally turned off by a man who is sadly an icon for our younger generation.

Curve 8320, Bold 9780, Bold 9900, PB 64gb, Z10

bonwill

Oh NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.. if this happens..Good BYE RIM!!

jordandrews90

Yeah I think he's now got my top vote :)

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John Gee

Nooooooo! He almost killed Apple before Jobs returned. Don't let him near BlackBerry!

My ZeeTen strikes again! (Z10STL100-3/10.1.0.2354)

adonesc

Holly crap, why is it that BlackBerry can't ever attract any talented people at the top for a change!? Really is this who BlackBerry is entertaining as a future owner or CEO?!?!

Do we really want Mr. Fosil there to have a run at BlackBerry, a company that is already barely hanging by a thread?

This company has the worst luck of attracting the worst collection of nimrods nitwits, wankers and tossers walking the Earth!

I swear, most of these characters have to be carbon dated just to prove they are real! Let's see, our sad and pathetic collection of broken toys includes Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsilille, the two ass clowns of the apocalypse, the Cryptkeeper aka Pringle Watsahisname and Fairfuck Financial, and to top this shitpile, Thorsten Heins Ketchup who now apparently resides at an undisclosed location in an underground bunker waiting for his $55.4 million little friends to join him once he is rid of BlackBerry...

And now the cherry on top of this shitcake, Mr. Fosil who nearly bankrupted Apple and almost ran that company into the ground...and was fired by the board for his piss poor performance...

Gotta ask again ...is this who we want?

PS In better news for myself, I've just got the BB 10.2 OS update. Can't wait to download it and see how my Z10 will perform!

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jay_men

Read some history first before making proclamations. How did Sculley nearly bankrupt Apple? He helped bring revenues from $800M to $8B in his tenure and when he left Apple had $2B in cash with only $200M in debt. If anything, Sculley helped contain the mad scientist we know as Steve Jobs to compete in the PC market at the time and he also taught the Jobs a thing or two about marketing before the late founder became know as marketing guru in this generation.

adonesc

Yeah...whatever...that's not history, that's bullshit...

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blackberryz10w

I am blackberry fun for ever , but Jobs with his vision change the world & made life easy for billions & that's the true .

paul435smith

Yes, please Mr. Sculley, go ahead and bid for Blackberry.

cappo40

May be very helpful..

marco44

What if he is a spy? What if this is a plan from Apple to take control of BB and tear us up. He makes a bid and then hands it over to Apple. Please don't let that happen!!!! Its a great day with how BBM is rolling keep the faith!!

revtech

Sir, you win the large tin foil hat award for today . . . smh

marco44

Yeah i guess you right, I'm just over protective of my Blackberry and do not adjust well to change.

ablefunzo

I think Dan Dodge should be part of any takeover bid.

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xanadome

Scully is far better than the current management. He can at least bring in more traditional corporate management style, which was the initial reason why Scully was invited into Apple. BBRY has been running too wild from a small hamlet of Waterloo, and they need some discipline.
But BBRY never ceases to provide us with constant entertainment topics.

timmy t

So by future value, does he mean the future value that Thorsten has been talking about for the last couple of years?
After all, BlackBerry has said that they are transitioning and it will take time.
I just don't see how what he is saying is any different from what BlackBerry is saying.

BBnose1

I have a bad feeling about this. May the to be with BlackBerry.

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wenuell

Trojan horse. Microsoft destroyed Nokia from the inside. Looks like the final push to destroy BB.

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Daniel Fulton

How great would that be?!

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THINK

Blackberry's management ran the company into the ground and you are calling for my head? Many of you have already made the switch to the iPhone or other devices. I know that you have. The ones who have not are waiting for instructions. You are zealots. Blackberry Town folks. Men and women waiting for the order to go and swallow a Blackberry and choke to death en masse.

Meanwhile, where is the petition for BB's CEO is resign?

wateriestfire

Most of you youngins don't remember this guy. He is known as the guy that almost killed Apple. Back in the 90's he tried to compete toe to toe with Microsoft and IBM (losing greatly) created a ton of different computers that were incompatible with each other.

He is also the moron who switched from Motorola to Power PC instead of Intel. Another devastating move.

The best thing this soda jerk ever did was buy NEXT computer (the successful company Steve Jobs made after leaving Apple and bring Steve back.

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wateriestfire

He is also rated ad one of the worst CEOs of all time

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KOman

I'm in on the Crackberry buyout...Put the bid in boyz....we'll fund you

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THINK

I'd like to know why Blackberry's Board of Directors have not fired the CEO and the rest of BB's braindead management by now? It seems to me that the entire Board needs to be replaced as well.

I suffered for years with a horrible BB. Blackberry just released mediocre after mediocre device (no improvement or innovation) and thought they could remain relevant. Even now, they have been told to manufacture a top-of-the-line non touchscreen device and this advice has not been heeded. BB has no future in manufacturing pure touchscreen devices. Z10 is not selling. Q10 is not even visible in retail stores in America.

Do you mean to tell me that BB is going to eschew (not improve) the best keyboard ever made for a cellphone? The touchscreen on the Q10 is not fluid and, in fact, easy to use. I found it to be cumbersome.

Blackberry's comeback will hinge on a top-of-the line non touchscreen device that has state-of-the art features and says: BUY ME.

The rest of you crackheads can drop dead. The marketplace has spoken. BB will never compete head to head in the touchscreen market.