RIM’s half-CEO doesn’t see apps as key part of the mobile Internet

Early Bird Mac SaleVerne G. Kopytoff reports for The New York Times, “Jim Balsillie, chief executive of Research In Motion, doesn’t see apps as a key part of the mobile Internet.”

MacDailyNews Take: Make that “half-CEO,” Verne. Jimmy needs help to do his job poorly.

Kopytoff continues, “That world view is not surprising given Mr. Balsillie’s position with the company that makes the BlackBerry phone. He has repeatedly railed against Apple, a R.I.M. rival and maker of the app-heavy iPhone.”

MacDailyNews Take: This sounds vaguely familiar… Oh, here it is: NY Times, October 1, 1914: “The half-manager of Acme Buggy Whips, Inc. says he doesn’t see the internal combustion engine as a key part of the personal transportation market.”

Kopytoff continues, “Unsaid is the fear that Apple will make R.I.M., which is far less app-happy, obsolete or that it will push the industry in a direction that is to R.I.M’s disadvantage.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Note how RIM’s tune has changed in one short year: RIM’s half-CEO Balsillie dismisses Apple iPhone threat; says apps key to BlackBerry’s future – November 19, 2009

“Apps are key. Whoops, a year later and still no apps. Uh, okay, uh, I meant not key.”

Obviously, RIM’s half-CEO say anything to try to change the conversation from what is obviously happening: RIM is circling the bowl.

We sold 14.1 million iPhones in the quarter which represents a 91% unit growth over the year ago quarter and was well ahead of IDC’s latest published estimate of 64% growth for the global smartphone market in the September quarter. And it handily beat RIM’s 12.1 million BlackBerries sold in their most recent quarter ending in August. We’ve now passed RIM. And I don’t see them catching up with us for the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company. I think it’s going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform and to convince developers to create apps for yet a third software platform after iOS and Android. With 300,000 apps on Apple’s App Store, RIM has a high mountain ahead of them to climb.Apple CEO Steve Jobs, October 18, 2010

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gunfighter27” for the heads up.]


  1. Picture two bald men, one a full CEO of a major software company, the other a half CEO of an also-ran mobile dumb phone company. Yes, marvelous.

    Then picture the two of us singing & dancing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ with MC Hofmeister as host. I’ll be singing to the tune of “Developers, Developers, Developers!!!” & he’ll be singing the “App-lack Song”. Lovely. 

  2. Where’s the freaking keyboard on the playbook? I thought thats what made RIM more accessible to business workers cuz they had a tactile keyboard? weird. Now this?

  3. maybe it was a typo – “half CEO”? or “half-wit CEO”? He sounds about as informed, and as in denial as Ballmer… maybe they summer together at some kind of exclusive half-wits only country club, trading ideas about how to take over the world (again) when they get a little tipsy? can’t really find any other explanation for the marketing babble that dribbles out of these guys…..

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