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Articles by Chris Umiastowski

The BlackBerry fact check portal is a great idea and here are ways they can make it even better

The BlackBerry fact check portal is a great idea and here are ways they can make it even better

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On June 26th BlackBerry announced, via a blog post, something they are calling a "fact check portal." Technically it's not a portal but a category under which they can file blog posts. We can call it whatever we like. Portal, category or even a dedicated blog … these are just labels. What matters to me is the content and how well they market it. The very first blog post under this...

Looking back at the incredible pace of change at BlackBerry in CEO John Chen's first six months

Looking back at the incredible pace of change at BlackBerry in CEO John Chen's first six months

Chris Umiastowski 99

On November 4th, BlackBerry's board of directors made a shocking announcement. The company was officially ending its strategic review and eliminating the plan to go private. Instead they raised $1 billion in convertible debt, fired Thorsten Heins as CEO and brought in a guy named John Chen who was new to CrackBerry readers, but very experienced at technology turnarounds. The financing...

John Chen shows us BlackBerry has a lot of fight left in it (and that he won't take crap from anyone)

John Chen shows us BlackBerry has a lot of fight left in it (and that he won't take crap from anyone)

Chris Umiastowski 162

While the new BlackBerry CEO hasn’t been at the company very long, he’s made a lot of changes and most of us agree that he’s been very effective so far. Lately, on the legal front, he’s shown that BlackBerry won’t take any crap from anyone. The company successfully stopped Typo from selling their iPhone case after convincing a judge that BlackBerry would likely win a lawsuit. The...

Here’s what matters from the BlackBerry Q4 financial results conference call

Here’s what matters from the BlackBerry Q4 financial results conference call

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This morning BlackBerry published Q4 results for fiscal 2014 and held the usual analyst conference call. I’ll go through the results here, and I’d like to invite you to post your comments below. First of all, John Chen did a great job of communicating on the call. I really like this guy as the CEO. When he speaks it’s obvious that he understands the issues that are bothering...