Articles by Chris Umiastowski

Brainstorming BBRY: What would BlackBerry without a hardware business look like?

Brainstorming BBRY: What would BlackBerry without a hardware business look like?

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About two weeks ago BlackBerry board member Bert Nordberg gave an interview to the WSJ, in which he made some pretty interesting remarks. Personally, I think anything Nordberg says has to be taken seriously given his background as CEO of Sony Ericsson. For a good many years, Sony Ericsson was doing a great job of putting out high quality phones, and the joint venture was very profitable...

Does Samsung think it can steal BlackBerry customers in emerging markets?

Does Samsung think it can steal BlackBerry customers in emerging markets?

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If you’ve been following the CrackBerry news lately, you’ve surely seen the promotions Samsung has been running. BBM will be arriving on Android soon, and Samsung has taken the opportunity to tell people that Galaxy owners will soon be able to download the app. They make no mention of Android in their promotion, naturally. Why would they?  From their perspective it’s better to just...

What to make of BlackBerry CEO’s compensation in the event of a change of control

What to make of BlackBerry CEO’s compensation in the event of a change of control

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Today I enjoyed reading an article from my friend Hugo Miller over at Bloomberg. He nicely summarizes the fact that Thorsten Heins stands to make $55.6 million in the event that BlackBerry is sold, and he is ousted as CEO. The details are all spelled out in a proxy filing from May. I’ve read through the Bloomberg story and the proxy filing.  The situation is fairly complex, and I haven’...

Roundup and commentary on news around BlackBerry’s strategic alternatives discussion

Roundup and commentary on news around BlackBerry’s strategic alternatives discussion

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Early Monday morning things started off with a bang. BlackBerry announced that it’s board of directors had established a special committee to look at strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the company. I already discussed the matter briefly here and also here. I’ve been reading lots of the other news stories and watching some of the video clips. I notice that pretty much...