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Blackberry: The Inside Story of Research in Motion

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The BlackBerry is quite literally everywhere. President Barack Obama admits he can't live without it. Oprah Winfrey declared on her show that the BlackBerry is one of her "favorite things." BusinessWeek put the case for owning one bluntly in an article entitled "No BlackBerry: No Life." Launched in 1984 by Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsilliewith on a $15,000 loan, Research
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Key Porter Books (first published 2010)
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I was shocked this book didn't come with a DIY shrine kit to Balsillie & Lazaridis. Sarcasm aside, it was painfully clear that the author had unfettered access to the executives, but in exchange for that was an agreement that the book would depict them and the company in nothing but good light.

This book was written before the most recent troubles, so most of the reporting is on the beginnings and growth of the company. Reading about how Lazaridis' boyhood interests and how they led him to st
Mark Davis
An interesting read, particularly if you want to know the history of the company and how they got to where they are today. However, the book is written in a VERY positive light, and the author rarely (if ever) criticizes the company, so keep that in mind.

While I thought the level of detail on the 80s and 90s was good, I was a little disappointed with the final 1/3 of the book. For the most recent decade, when BlackBerry really took off, the author spends more time talking about patent litigation
Rod McQueen's story of the rise of RIM from a garage outfit to a multi-billion dollar corporation is well informed and well researched. But it's interesting mostly because the story of RIM itself is interesting. McQueen's telling is adequate but the company and founders are cast in such a glowing light, it appears as though he was hired by Lazaridis to write the book. Such an approach can tend to make a book relatively dull as there is little conflict to propel the story forward. "Blackberry" i ...more
Mike Steinborn
It's always inspirational to read about how successful people and companies got started, even more so when the people and company are local ones.

A great quote from Mike Lazaridis (RIM founder) in the book:

"Too many entrepreneurs focus on traditional sectors rather than knowledge-based ideas. It's too easy to rely on your natural resources [in Canada] and not realize that people are natural resources, they're renewable and they are infinitely powerful."
Roopinder Singh
Right from the beginning, you get a feel of how the participants have collaborated with the author to narrate various episodes in their lives that have made the book readable

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Its a good book providing an unbiased viewpoint about the company which started the smart phone revolution, it provides a chronological account of the development of the company and the people behind it and the evolution of Blackberry smart phones, the only dampner is that this book ends right at the point where RIM starts losing its market share to Apple and Android, it can bring a positive thought to its readers, die hard BB Fans a bright account of the company but in the current scenario take ...more
Decent history of RIM, but the book basicially stops at 2007 - very little on the more recent RIM devices or their battles as Apple, Google and others expand the smartphone market.

Book is a bit dry in spots and it could have been written by someone in RIM's PR department - there's not a critical word about the company in the narrative, but there's page after page detailing the founders' charitable contributions.

If you want to know more about RIM and how it came to be, that information is here...
Adam Wiggins
This is a terrible book.

It's pure propaganda for RIM, the BlackBerry, and the founders / co-CEOs of the company. It completely ignores the threat of the iPhone, mentioning it just once as one of many contenders in the mobile marketplace and nothing to worry about.

But I was very curious to read about the history of a device that dominated the mobile computing market for close to a decide. And along with the Palm Pilot, it set the stage for today's ubiquitious-smartphone world. So this book was wo
Sajith Kumar
Just a corporate promotional leaflet!
Amanda Petriglia
Great read the explores the history of RIM and addresses both the ups and downs of the organization over the last 25 years.

The book really makes you understand how truly innovative and smart Lazaradis and Balsillie are. Sorry Steve Jobs, but you've got nothing on those two.

Pretty easy read and very interesting - was so consumed with it that I finished it in an afternoon. Highly recommend for other Blackberry geeks out there. ;)
This is a well researched story of RIM and its founders. Even if you don't own a BlackBerry (I don't) the story of their struggle to bring wireless email is quite fascinating.
The book is really a must read, the real time story was told in a good way which doesnot bore while reading... Its precise, simple tone used and hence was addictive...
Lokesh Joshi
Its just okay, its more abt Mike and less abt RIM, and how they went after 2002.
Inspiring story
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As a journalist for thirty years I've been lucky enough to live and work professionally in London, England, Washington, D.C., Florence, Italy, and Toronto, Canada, where I now live. During that time I've written for numerous magazines and newspapers, and have also done broadcast work. My major focus has been business, the economy, and international trade, but I've also written about politics and e ...more
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