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BlackBerry’s CEO Says He’s BlackBerry’s Surgeon – Plans to Drive Devices Sales with BES

 John Chen

BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, had a frank talk with Re/Code before the weekend that is definitely worth reading. First he mentioned that “I think I am going to sell the server first,” Chen said. “The server will lead the device sale.” This is in terms of converting BES 10 companies trying the server to stick with the platform. He also said that “I’m abnormal” in terms of not wanting a safe easy job but rather paints himself as the surgeon treating BlackBerry (the patient). He went on to state that “If you are an emergency room doctor, you should not be afraid of the blood,” and that surgery is not without its challenges.

Either way its a nice and frank view of the companies leader and his vision for using BES 10 to revive the company. Check out the full interview here.

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  1. From what I’ve seen so far from Chen, this is exactly what BlackBerry needed. A confident, experienced leader who isn’t afraid of making tough choices. I am more optimistic about the future of the company than I have been in years. That’s not saying a lot, but if you look around, the “BlackBerry is doomed!” theme has all ut vanished from the media.

    • Picture this, a surgeon in the ER screaming and running around saying: is there a doctor in the house??? Lol
      The doom and gloom is still out there (remember Ronen’s interview on CNBC?) and the Wired review about the underdog a few days ago? And BGR (thank god they cleaned up their spam comments, mostly) ?
      It’s not as bad and the OS has had some time to mature now so that’s a plus, also opening up the door to having developers just toss in their APKs means that BlackBerry has either found a magic bullet for conversion or they are stocking up on developers (in house) to do all the pain staking conversions…

  2. This new CEO is awesome, somebody BBRY needs to help turn the company around and not be afraid to speak out.

    Go get them Chen.

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