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RIM Hiring Developer Evangelists – Alec Saunders Wants to Win Devs Back


We just let you know about Alec Saunders joining RIM as their Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development. Alec went into a bit more detail about his new gig on his blog. It turns out that he joined RIM’s QNX subsidiary on July 25th as Vice President of Developer Relations and now he Vice President of Developer Relations for all of RIM. He truly sums up his job in one paragraph:

Over the last few days I’ve been in San Francisco at the Mobilize conference, and speaking with developers.   It’s clear from those conversations that the primary problem we face is lack of support from application developers.  My team’s job is to correct that – to win the hearts and minds of mobile developers again.

As we said before we wish Alec and his team the best of luck and will help in any way we can! Alec also mentioned that RIM is hiring Developer Evangelists which he describes as “technical articulate people with a passion for mobile platforms” which sorts of describes many of our readers including me. 🙂 Contact Alec at alec dot saunders at rim dot com or on his blog if you are interested!

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  1. way to go!! alec, you are my hero!

  2. I have to admit that I have never heard of him, but a quick look through his blog, and twitter feed shows much to like.

    Lets just hope that this promotion doesn’t result in him censoring himself, and losing some of that brashness.

  3. You got that Eric, RIM can’t afford to mute it’s workers. I personally think RIM has too many damn lawyers.

  4. What a happy day this is! 🙂 All the best and get the devs back down the BlackBerry path

  5. Developers should get “developer devices” free so they can develop before the device is released.

    it would be interesting to see how many actual developers are left. According to RIM’s figure there were 100,000+ registered developers.

  6. Good news for sure. However it is clear to me that Mike L. needs to realize that he needs to let another CEO drive the ship. Regardless of Alec’s new position, developers will not climb aboard if they think the ship is sinking or not going anywhere.

    I think Mike has done a great job getting the company to where it is. But as a company grows, it needs new leadership to get it through different phases of it’s life. RIM no longer needs an R&D man at the helm.

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