Today BlackBerry dropped the news that the board of directors has formed a special committee that consists of Barbara Stymiest, Thorsten Heins, Richard Lynch and Bert Nordberg, and will be chaired by Timothy Dattels. The committee will have the task of exploring possible new venues for BlackBerry including partnerships, joint ventures and possible even a sale of the company.
We're been hearing all kinds of rumors for the last few months about various partnerships but noting was ever set in stone. While there were no direct names dropped today as to just who BlackBerry would look to partner with, there are plenty of companies out that there would make for a good fit. Big names like Samsung, IBM, Cisco or even Microsoft all come to mind.
We most like won't be hearing too much on the process from here on out as BlackBerry has stated they won't "disclose further developments with respect to this process, unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes the review of strategic alternatives." But we want to know what you think would be a good fit for a partnership for BlackBerry.
I talked with Kevin a bit this morning on the topic and we know the CrackBerry community are a smart bunch, so we want to hear what you have to say. Drop a comment on this post and let us know who you think would make the best fit for a BlackBerry partnership and why.
Give us some details and be sure to explain yourself and your thinking. We'll take some of the best ones and turn them into a larger post as a follow-up.