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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley may be considering taking over BlackBerry

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Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley may be considering taking over BlackBerry
John Sculley was the man who took over Apple when Steve Jobs was pushed out of the company he founded in the mid-1980s. Sculley is also widely regarded as the man who started Apple's downward spiral while Jobs was gone, a tailspin which two successive CEOs could not pull out of until Jobs resumed his place as CEO of Apple. But, Sculley may think he's the man to help save the floundering BlackBerry.

Apparently, Sculley has been a longtime fan of BlackBerry and recently said of the company, "there's a lot of future value in Blackberry," but that "without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging." It's unclear if Sculley thinks that he is the man for the job, but it is being reported that he is "exploring a joint bid" for the company. 

BlackBerry has been rumored to be sold for over a year now, and recently it made a deal for $4.7 billion from Fairfax Financial Holdings, which would make the company private once again. However, even once that deal is finalized (which is expected to happen in the coming weeks) BlackBerry could still sell the entire company or split it into parts for sale. And word has it that BlackBerry is still attracting interest from companies like Lenovo, Cisco, and Google. 

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posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:47 10

1. mrvid (Posts: 73; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


Just what BB needs, another nail in their coffin!!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:48

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5281; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Yup-per. Sculley was quite adept at snatching failure out of the jaws of success at every turn during his tenure at Apple. Pepsi was his high water mark.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 12:06 1

9. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Agreed...Blackberry is a tech company that needs aleader that has tech knowledge. Look ad Meg Whitman and HP....she don't know sh*t! He just happened to be at Apple when it made iProducts and that's it.

Ask what innovative ideas he created to create sales and drive demand, and the answer will be "0".

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 13:55

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Yea, not a fan of Meg Whitman, but she is better than that Apotheker guy that was responsible for the Palm and WebOS debacle. And Sculley will be able to kill off Blackberry good, he'll be able to put in the finishing blow that Dumb and Dumber weren't able to (Lazaridis and Basillie).

I say they should stick with Heinz personally.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 16:33

15. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 800; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Oh really...Meg drove the final stake into it when she got there, because she is not a tech person. Had she been tech she would have beefed up the WebOs touch pad. They out sold all other pads at the low ball price, but it needed an over haul of the CPU and such.

She had a great product and a willing team and Meg killed them off!

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 04:15

18. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


BlackBerry: Still the best

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 09:50

2. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Dat guts.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:09

3. sss_ddk (Posts: 58; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


One golden parachute coming up!

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:14 7

4. chunky1x (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley may be considering a R.I.M. job. :P

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:51 2

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6621; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I see what you did there you little nasty.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 10:53 1

5. najmulsaqib17 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


BB R.I.P.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 11:07

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Bad business deal B.B.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:15

11. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


you got to remember the tech industry was very new when sculley took the rains. Also apple is not an ordinar company which sculley seemed like an ordinary candidate. Sculley disagreed with alot of steves tactics. however apple needed steve to run it his way as opposed to someone elses way. I blame apples tail spin as just being a bad mix however I dont think this should automatically bar him or make a presumed guess to his success. Remeber scully was basically learning a whole nrw business which almost ruined apple. whether his wisdom now could save BlackBerry I have no clue. I think its a safe bet that a buy out merg is best at this point.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:20

12. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Hope he gets it, I love to see people fail over and over, especially when they're pompous; he'll also blow his children's inheritance in the process. Should be fun :D

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 14:35

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5281; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If his wife was smart, the kids inheritance is locked up in trust funds that he can't get his paws on. Putting him in the CEO spot would just be an action to hasten the demise of BB/RIM. Or, maybe the new investors are thinking of a change in strategy for BB - a new line of blackberry-flavored energy drinks that also help with ED? (Dunno)

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 16:48

16. PAPINYC (limited) (Posts: 2044; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


lol ... that demise can't come soon enough. I honestly think he should consider going back to Cupertino.

posted on 24 Oct 2013, 21:18

17. 9thWonderful (Posts: 230; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


man oh how i would love to have this guy's job. i think any one of us in this forum is capable of making hundreds of thousands of dollars to cause a downward spiral in a company. that's a job responsibility that i can handle. where do i turn in my resume?

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