BlackBerry CEO Chen says parts of the company were sicker than he thought when he took over

BlackBerry CEO Chen says parts of the company were sicker than he thought when he took over
BlackBerry CEO John Chen spoke with Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried at the Code Conference on Wednesday, and discussed how parts of BlackBerry were sicker than he thought they would be when he first took over last November. The company still has many problems, according to the executive, but is not close to being laid to rest.

Chen talked about security and how BlackBerry is looking at specialized businesses where it might be able to sell its wares, such as financial services and healthcare. There was an interesting moment when the executive was asked about building Android powered handsets, and he replied that he couldn't talk about that yet. At the same time, Chen said that he wasn't giving up on the handset business. "I am not by any shape of the imagination… giving up yet," he said.

Talking with Mossberg and Fried, Chen said that he is trying to get developers over to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Taking his words from Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox from the epic movie Wall Street, the BlackBerry CEO said, "We're working on some of that stuff."


All in all, it was an interesting chat with the man who is trying to turn around BlackBerry. He succeeded before with Sybase, so he is a proven turnaround specialist. You check out some of the conversation by clicking on the video below.



source: Recode via Crackberry

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123 Comments

1. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

JC is a very good leader/CEO. All the best to him. Trolls (Nickolas, Apiksula, Ajigtiani, Mxyzptlk, Liveitup and rest of the crew) do what you do best, show your true self.

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

What's worse; the fanboy that defends a dying company or the troll that tells you that the company is dead?

5. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Trolls of course. And, they're not dying yet. And I don't see anything wrong with defending the brand you own. Doesn't necessarily make him a fanboy.

31. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

What do you do? Do you defend your company? or do you troll other brands ? . .

46. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I defend when I see wrong. But I defend BlackBerry mostly because the majority of the people I have mentioned in my comment as you can see are proving me right by doing nothing else except troll. And I thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Example: Apiskula (with this name) has been saying falling company, dead company and so on for at least one year. I just don't know when is it that Apiskula thinks BlackBerry will hit the ground? One year falling and still falling, BlackBerry must be from another galaxy to have not hit the ground yet.

48. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you. I defend companies that I support, just like you. I also wonder what makes someone come to an article with absolutely nothing to say at all besides "death to this" and "die already" all of the time. Do the trolls have nothing better to do with their time?

41. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

That idiot cannot recognize a failing company if it hit him in the face

45. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Idiot? Really?

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

And what, exactly, makes him an idiot? Could you do a better job than he has so far? I highly doubt it.

62. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I would have never taken a position with an awful company and technology that nobody wants anymore

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

OK, so that's you and your opinion. Obviously, there were good points to taking the job at BlackBerry or a guy as renowned as Chen would not have taken the job. Clearly there are still people that want the technology, hence BlackBerrys commanding lead in enterprise, to name but one thing. And we BlackBerry fans are ECSTATIC that a guy like you didn't take the job. I highly doubt you have the expertise to lead a dog to a bone, much less lead a company like BlackBerry.

67. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Another BlackBerry supporter of a failing company. Execs are leaving BlackBerry faster than they can count. Thru are done

68. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

Wrong. Execs are getting FIRED that don't align with John Chen's vision. There is a difference. And yes, I am BlackBerry supporter, user and FAN. You have a problem with that? Not that I care in the least if you do.

64. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

It takes balls to do what he is doing, and apparently you don't have it in you. We are all grateful that you are not the CEO.

3. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao That was funny +1

7. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

He is a good leader, Thorton Heins however destroyed Blackberry only true chance at relevance. The smartphone war is no longer about single devices, its about eco systems. One thing i am not is a troll, I don't go around bashing other platforms i would point out from time to time examples of how some bash a platform while their fav platform who they love and praise copies the same OS that they bash, hypocrites. I know technology and call it as it , there is a major difference between having a valid point and hating on something. I don't engage in the latter. If i said that for eg. that BB Z3 upper half of the homescreen looks like WP homescreen, no more traditional BB homescreen at least not part of it. That is making a valid point in my opinion, not trolling. http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-Z3-ramping-up-for-launches-in-India-and-Malaysia_id56554 http://windows8search.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Windows-Phone-8-redes-live-tiles-01-thumb-550xauto-94234.jpg I prob have only commented on BB articles about 3 times in totality. Yourself and and the numerous Android fansboys like Aftershock, sgodsell, 0xFFFF , Arte-8800, corporateJP etc are Trolls, see them hating in upcoming WP articles, watch and see. Learn the difference, don't misuse the word.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmao +1 You forgot SleepingOZ

38. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

And yourself, TROLL, and your previous banned accounts.

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I think you have confused the word "troll" with the term "good samaritan". I see your list of good samaritans -- Aftershock, sgodsell, 0xFFFF , Arte-8800, corporateJP. These kind souls are helping strangers find a better path, whereas your hatred and bias blinds you and you see only "trolls". It's sad, really.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is building its ecosystem. Its ecosystem is just in enterprise and not the consumer market.

49. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

That I can't argue with. Maybe you are right, BlackBerry has prioritized enterprise over consumer market and I will agree with that. Indirectly you are agreeing with me that BlackBerry is not dead, which is what the guys I have mentioned in my first comment have been screaming for the past 2-3 years.

59. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

I DIRECTLY AGREE with you that BlackBerry is not dead. They have much life left in them and will persevere, of that I am certain. Plus one to you.

43. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

How about when ppl point out that Flat UI, or the WP style look was done before WP launched....yet ppl keep harping on Wp design being copied in almost every article they post in... is that trollish?

52. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You.... you do know that screenshot there is the "share" screen right?...I mean, you said its a valid point, but you clearly are ignorant of which you speak. When you click share (on a picture for instance), that screen comes up, with your most used and therefore most likely recipients and options... so, in that screenshot, the user regularly shares with Ash through email, and Nabita (through unknown means, cant see the rest of the shot)

55. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

You're a d-bag. I own and am using a Nokia WP right now. I can even put these little outline symbols (❔❕❔❕❔✅) to prove it. Where you are wrong is that I don't pull-off to pictures of Steve Jobs, Larry Page, or Bill Gates (your poster boy) like some of you clowns do. Sorry I don't circle-jerk with you, Pisss, and Rooney. Not my thing...

60. meanestgenius

Posts: 21150; Member since: May 28, 2014

Liveitup, please stop saying that BB10 looks like WP. It does not. I a BB10 device and a WP, so I can speak on this and see the difference.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You forget NinetySix....

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

He forgot about himself in android articles too. Let him have his cake, it is after all..

14. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You clearly did not read what I stated besides I never had a cake to begin with, its hard to eat what you never had.

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Hhmm, I did read it, you called a bunch of posters myself included trolls. While ignoring your own postings in android threads as somehow above all that, no? You're a harmless troll I'll give you that, but still I'm pretty sure i have saw WP diatribe in android articles from yourself. Correct me if I'm wrong that you have never posted WP praise in android articles? Honestly.

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