I think this CO-CEO tag-team setup is working quite nicely for RIM. Mike Lazaridis recently walked out of an interview after being asked about security concerns in India and the Middle East.
Jim Balsillie tagged in, and sat down with WSJ’s Julia Angwin to talk about the PlayBook AND coincidentally, to clear up concerns about the questions Lazardis was unwilling to answer.
When asked about the lack of native email client on the PlayBook, Balsillie replied, “We will have, if you want, a standalone non-web, non-paired email client on it within the next, I believe it was 60 days scheduled.” He also said that the Android app player will be coming “sometime this summer.”
I’m not sure Angwin was the best choice for an interviewer here as she seemed to have no follow up questions after asking about Walt Mossberg’s opinions. On the other hand, she plays the uninformed consumer role quite nicely.
If you have 17 minutes to spare, check out the video below and let us know what you think!
Thanks for the tip LaoWang!