CTIA 2009: Mike Lazaridis Keynote Address

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Apr 2009 05:07 am
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CTIA Wireless 2009 kicked off yesterday morning with a big general session event. And among the distinguished keynote speakers to take the stage was none other than our fearless leader, Research in Motion's Founder, President and Co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis.

Knowing our CrackBerry readers are the hardcorest of hardcore, I busted out the video camera and taped the whole speech for your viewing pleasure. For those who couldn't attend CTIA but wanted to be there, hopefully this will fill the void (apologies in advanced for my lackluster recording skills). So grab your cup of coffee or a glass of water, kick back and enjoy the show!  

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30 comments

greg24

i dont think he said "convergence" enough...

bp22_ca

New word of the day "Convergence" I guess.

Bajanbastard

Hey Kevin. Putting that free camera you got at Bloomingdale's to good use huh?

wezra

Talk about an excitement-less speach! Compare this to when Jobs gets in front of an audience. At every turn... when something is shown on the screen or something positive is said a Jobs audience will go crazy with excitement. Poor Mike... I think the audience was in a sleep trance. On top of that his speaking abilities leave a lot to be desired. Especially for someone who heads up the premier organization of its type globally. (Time to take speach classes Mike!) Maybe its the Apple culture vs the BB culture, I am not sure. But this speach was a prime example of the lack luster, overly serious culture that surrounds RIM. No one even clapped when the Bono tape was shown. I guarantee if this was an Apple oriented audience (and they still liked Bono) they would have gone crazy. Even as a diehard BB fan and user, I have to say this was one of the worst presentations I have ever seen. Shame on RIM and it's Senior Management. Oh.. by-the-way, learn a new word... Convergence must have been used 100 times.. just a bit overdone!

kwnortherner

the whole time i was just skipping through the video.. cause i couldn't hear him talk any more. I mean i give him props to get up infront of an audience like that but still if your a ceo or any type of executive you got to be able to speak publicly. I mean i know he founded the company but the whole time sounded like he didn't really know about half the stuff he was talking about ... it really sucked as a presentation he could have shown a device in his hand demonstrating these programs or something.. * studder* studder* "convergence seems as though the markets are converging and the carriers can now converge on the music industry with a blackberry and *studder * studder* apple .. uhh i mean Blackberry is the leading way of the future of converging music."

LET IT BE KNOWN BB USERS ARE WAY COOLER THEN THIS GUY!

moog

He sounded like he didn't know what he was talking about? Not once did he sound that way. And let it be known that CTIA is a membership group of wireless professionals, not mindless Mac fanboys with their noses up Jobs' ass.

wezra

For your information Macworld is not attended by hords of young kids or "fanboys" with earpods stuck in their ears, sticking their noses up, as you put it, Job's rear end. It is attended by serious Developers, Strategic Partners and Vendors... the same exact types that attend CTIA. The big difference is that Jobs has the ability to get their supporters fired up about any and all things Apple. He has a strong personality that has built a cult following (and a rather large one globally) around his brand. Sadly, the founders of RIM have no such charisma. Yes, their is a very strong following among BB users.. I am one who fully supports the platform and would not own an iPhone or for that matter a Palm. But if all you have, at a critical time when you are introducing new devises, is a few music apps, then something is seriously wrong.

If you read the majority of posts in this thread, you are basically the only one that doesn't get it. The presentaiton stunk! And yes, this was a major presentaion. Any time you have the President of a major global organization get in front of a large audience, with cameras rolling, it is a significant event. He was not speaking to a group of school kids. He came ill prepared to the table with nothing of any significance and the audience responded appropriately... with no response at all! For God's sake, they were asleep! He should have been much better prepared and well spoken. And the most important point of all... RIM should have come to the conference with much more then just a half baked App Store and featured music apps. Even the most fervent of BB supporters are absolutely astonished at the lack of quality of the App Store. Any number of BB forum reviews across the internet have panned it. And that is a shame.

Now, you can respond with all the nastieness you want... it makes no difference... your subject line, "Your are an idiot", states exactly where you head is at and if that is all you have... then you need to go back to the drawing board! RIM's presentation was a total dud and a waste of time. Shame on them. It is time they started giving the BB community what they want and need... and music apps are not going to cut it.

DragonBusta

THANKS FOR SHARING!! LONG VIDEO almost 20mins! lol shazam isnt on the bb app world anymore.. maybe it will come back later.. i wanted to download that after watching this video! LOL!!

Mr. Mincey

Yawn! Someone PLEASE wake me when I'm done. Can someone please translate what he was saying? Can be get Ben Stein to come in and do a recap? Wow this was B-O-R-I-N-G!

cleit0042

Ha did anyone else think Mike's intro music was a little cheesy.....

SAVJR

CTIA.

Now let's see if they can live up to the expectation.

exmeaguy

Anyone know the name of the song for Mike's intro. Sounded like U2, which would be appropriate.

sbcale

Yeah, but what did he say? I don't want to have to watch the whole thing to get the highlights.

DrewCSchultz

How about you "converge" my BlackBerry Storm with a functional OS?

Sorry, had to.

jstickley

That had to be one of the most boring KeyNote speeches I have ever listened too.

So the blackberrys can do music now LOL! Throw people a freaking bone here. Although it was nice to hear him stutter, and shoot daggers at specific people in the audience.

Boring.

Also, let me make this known now, he is NOT my fearless leader.. I think that was just a bit too much on the "oh I am a follower, let me jump into mike's ass now" Sorry kevin, thats just a bit too much for me to handle.

matthew_i

The reason I found this presentation so boring is because there was nothing new in it. That combined with Mike's dry detached delivery, just killed it for a crack berry reader like myself. Everything he said, we have already read here in more detail from a much more engaging source. Boring.

The other thing, I feel like Mike is trying to snow me. He sounds like he is detached from the reality of the smart phone market. He talks about all this blackberry music stuff like the blackberry is the leading media smart phone platform, and let's be honest, the iPhone is better when it comes to media. Even a diehard blackberry fan like myself might admit that. When I listen to some one talk, I don't want them to try and snow me, and I want to feel like they are grounded in reality. (As a side note, I guess Jobs does this too when he talks, it's just so much more believable...)

This actually worries me a lot. I don't know if this guy is just giving his marking spill, or if he is actually out of touch with what consumers really want. Does he even know that CDMA users want wifi too? Does he know that Storm users want stable software? Does he know that blackberry users want an iphone like web experience too? Does he know that blackberry users want a full featured on device facebook experience? Does he know that I already know about all of blackberry's great features like "full qwerty keyboards" and "multitasking"?

What do you guys think?

jstickley

I think he was backstage hitting the hooch...

jstickley

I think he was backstage hitting the hooch...

dterio

good job Matt! you hit it perfect! the white shirt executives are sooooo out of touch with reality!!

riptor

Thanks for posting this, especially because I couldn't attend.

yvon007

its a convergance we got it. Ok now

Stefan C

How come when the video gets to 2 minutes, it stops and goes to the beginning?

wezra

What a blown opportunity for RIM. How stupid can they get. Who cares about music? Is that all you have Mike? That is what my iPod is for you knucklehead. What I want is an updated OS that drives the best experience I can have with my Bold. Not just a usless bunch of music Apps that no one cares about. That doesn't help me at work or with my clients. My Bold is not a music toy.. it is a business tool that is essential to my everyday life as a business person. Remember? That is what Blackberry is all about!

Why would you not use this opportunity to introduce OS 5.0 with some real innovations and fixes that will make our experience what it should be... great!

Every Senior Exec at RIM needs to go home, go to bed, wake up tomorrow and do what Blackberry users have been shouting about all year... put out an OS that really puts Blackberry steps ahead of Apple. Get smart.. stop worrying about music!!

moog

...RIM has the corporate market tucked tightly away in their pocket. They don't need to pimp to office users. It's the consumer market that is getting ferocious.

mrl09

freAKIN boring i mean im a blackberry person...but apple people jump up..clap...scream...get excited.....they didnt even get up for blackberry app world presentation wow...come on RIM!!!!

moog

Not fanboys, wireless professionals. Suits.

moog

Anyhow, it's WES that is RIM's big show. They own it. You want rabbid fans, go there.

Ash_786

What a knob !!!!

I can't run half of the apps he's mentioned. THEY DON'T WORK.
And most of what he kept mentioning, BlackBerrys can't do well, yes they can do email, but for the rest of it, FORGET IT !

I wish this guy could actually pick up a phone and try using all the stuff he was going on about, maybe he wont make a fool of himself next time.

Ash_786

What a knob !!!!

I can't run half of the apps he's mentioned. THEY DON'T WORK.
And most of what he kept mentioning, BlackBerrys can't do well, yes they can do email, but for the rest of it, FORGET IT !

I wish this guy could actually pick up a phone and try using all the stuff he was going on about, maybe he wont make a fool of himself next time.