Former Apple CEO John Sculley took to Bloomberg TV yesterday, where the discussion went towards BlackBerry. Sculley, a BlackBerry user himself, was in the headlines a few months back as one of parties that was potentially putting together a bid to buy BlackBerry while the for sale sign was on the company.
During the interview, Sculley talks about BlackBerry's hidden value being in its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers. Sculley has involvement in another company called OpenPeak, who's in the business of security and managing data on enterprise devices. With BES having 675 carrier relationships around the world, Sculley saw the merger of OpenPeak and BlackBerry (BES specifically) as being a match made in heaven.
From there, Sculley has nothing but good things to say about BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, calling him nothing one of the most respected CEOs in the tech world. Sculley also said that "if anybody has a chance to turnaround BlackBerry, it's John Chen." We've heard about a few of Chen's new appointments to the company already, but the way Sculley is talking I almost the get the feeling there's a lot more new talent coming aboard already beyond what we have heard about in the press.
Exciting times for BlackBerry. In case you missed it, be sure to read our Interview with John Chen, follow up observations from the interview, and give a listen to our awesome What's Going to Happen to BlackBerry podcast. We go into a lot of detail here about what Chen's turnaround plan looks like.