Marty Beard

Marty Beard lays out five reasons Samsung's acquisition of Harman could be great for QNX

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Marty Beard lays out five reasons Samsung's acquisition of Harman could mean great things for QNX

Since it was announced that Samsung would be making an aggressive push into the connected car space by way of their $8 billion acquisition auto infotainment and audio provider Harman, there has been a lot of speculation around what it means for everyone else in the connected car industry and that of course includes, QNX, which Harman owned between 2004-2010 before selling it to BlackBerry.

As you might have guessed, a lot of that speculation speaks to how the deal could be a bad thing for QNX, but according to a new post from Chief Operating Officer at BlackBerry, Marty Beard, the acquisition 'has the potential to be excellent news for BlackBerry' and he has laid five reasons for that.

BlackBerry COO Marty Beard: We're not letting one product or idea define us

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BlackBerry COO Marty Beard: We're not letting one product or idea define us

As I mentioned in an earlier post, BlackBerry has been ramping up their company messaging to let folks know there is way more to BlackBerry than just their handset business. Another prime example of 'fighting' that mindset has come from Marty Beard, BlackBerry's chief operating officer, in response to a recently published article on Huffington Post titled 'Don't Let Yourself (Or Your Kid) Be The Next BlackBerry'.

In the article, which is pretty much just an excerpt from the book the article author is selling, the author highlights the importance of university students being well rounded and "recognize the value of life beyond their grades." To push these ideas, the author, David Finch and his co-author, Ray DePaul, a former product manager at BlackBerry use the example of iPhone vs. BlackBerry to show how BlackBerry wasn't a whole product at the time and wasn't well rounded enough to compete. A tired argument, but one that apparently caught the attention of Marty Beard, BlackBerry's chief operating officer, who decided to pen a response on the Inside BlackBerry blog.

Watch BlackBerry COO Marty Beard's presentation from FedTalks 2014

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