“If Jim Balsillie is concerned about the arrival of Apple Inc.’s much-hyped iPhone, he’s doing a good job of keeping it to himself,” Chris Sorensen reports for The Toronto Star.
“The co-CEO of Research In Motion Ltd., which makes the popular line of BlackBerry email devices, said in an interview at RIM’s Waterloo headquarters that he’s not losing sleep over Apple’s efforts to upend the wireless market in much the same way as its wildly popular iPod music devices changed the way people acquire and listen to music,” Sorensen reports.
“In fact, Balsillie said he couldn’t even confirm whether anyone at RIM’s sprawling campus has managed to get their hands on an iPhone, which went on sale in the United States a week ago amid a torrent of media coverage,” Sorensen reports.
“‘I haven’t seen one,’ he volunteered with a shrug of his shoulders and a bored expression. ‘It’s possible, I guess. I mean, you watch these things, but you really have to just focus and do your job.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Steven” for the heads up.]
Doing your job, Mr. Balsillie, would be examining the very device that will exceed your firm’s entire current subscriber base (9 million) within 12 months and all of the RIM devices ever sold (20 million, took ’em 20 years) within 24 months – and we’re being conservative on both predictions. Ignoring the device that is singlehandedly tearing down and rebuilding the very industry is which you participate is not doing your job, Mr. Balsillie.
RIM shareholders should demand to know why co-CEO Balsillie has chosen to put his (and therefore his company’s) head in the sand as the Apple iPhone steamroller approaches. Mr. Basillie and RIM are in deep denial, not to mention deep —-.