RIM founder Mike Lazaridis quits BlackBerry

RIM founder Mike Lazaridis quits BlackBerry
The founder of Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) Mike Lazaridis has announced his decision to leave the company on May 1st

Lazaridis stepped down from the chief executive position at RIM back in January 2012, but remained on the board as a Vice Chairman and Director. 

Now, BlackBerry announced Lazaridis is leaving those positions as well.


The company has just launched its first BB10 based smartphone, the BlackBerry Z10, in the United States and announced sales of 1 million devices for the past quarter. It is also planning to boost marketing spending in the forthcoming quarter for the global launch of the overhauled BlackBerry 10. Expectations are for a breakeven next quarter.

Mike Lazaridis, a Greek Canadian, is an engineer at heart who tinkered with gadgets in his parents’ basement long before he co-founded Research In Motion. Still infatuated with technology, Lazaridis established a research fund focused on quantum research and aiming at no less but bringing a Star Trek-like tricorder to reality. He co-founded the fund with RIM co-founder and long-time friend Doug Fregin in the middle of 2012, and with less involvement in BlackBerry will likely be able to focus more fully on it. Good luck, Mr. Lazaridis!

source: BlackBerry (PDF)

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50 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Mr.Heins, good luck, hope you can take care BB! I'm waiting for BB's comeback!

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looks like the Captain has abandoned the sinking ship.

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Looks like the troll has destroyed the sinking ship.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

RIM has been declining for years. My comment was a reflection of that.

25. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Now, RIM is BlackBerry, BlackBerry is BlackBerry. Now the captain is Thorsten Heins.

30. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Copout is copout. I stand by with what I said before.

34. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Fool.

38. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They stated to decline from 2011, not for 6 years!

39. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

At least RIM BB is better than Nokia! Nokia sold and closed there own OS and is relying on WP! Meego Maeemo Meltmi and S60!

40. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yup, I agree. Nokia should've make their own OS or continue supporting Symbian. Symbian would've be the most smartest OS, if they improve Symbian. Well, we can't do anything right now. So, we will just say R.I.P Symbian.

2. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Mike what???.....lizards or whatever....no. Of vote down=no of bb fans.....(this is a census conducted to check the no of bbfans......so feel free....isn't it cool!!

3. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

huh?! what?!

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Try to express your minds more clearly, it is hard to understand you.

8. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

What fan are you!!

14. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Maybe he's high.

22. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Maybe?? He Is Guaranteed High!! :D :D

47. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Someone has been rocking the pipe for sure lol.

4. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

good for you mike, run away while you still can. BB is already on their last breath.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

They're actually on critical life support right now.

37. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I agree to Mxzyptlk, they are!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Run! Run! BlackBerry's ship is sinking!

17. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I think it'd be better to swim or float if you're in an incident with a sinking ship.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I also think the same, but you know, people in such situations tend to panic and act inadequate. ;)

7. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Afraid of predection!!

9. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia. Did you mean: prediction, prelection, PREfection.

10. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

You are mature enough..so predict what you want!!

43. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Next update to WP will have fixes to auto-correct feature.

46. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Woh!you searched encyclopedia!!so dumb you are!!

50. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You are a massive idiot. I didn't search an encyclopedia--I purposely looked up the definition of 'predection' just so I could copy/paste the result. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/predection You're a $m@R7 0n3. I would just suffocate myself if I was you.

42. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

lmfao :D

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