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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.

“With the launch of BlackBerry 10, I believe I have fulfilled my commitment to the Board,” Lazaridis said. “Thorsten and his team did an excellent job in completing BlackBerry 10. We have a great deal of which to be proud. I believe I am leaving the company in good hands. I remain a huge fan of BlackBerry and, of course, wish the company and its people 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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posted on 28 Mar 2013, 07:44 13

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:43 6

11. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Looks like the Captain has abandoned the sinking ship.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:55 11

13. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Looks like the troll has destroyed the sinking ship.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:54

24. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 10:05 4

25. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:40

30. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:31 3

34. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Fool.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:43 1

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:46 1

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 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!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 14:02

40. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 07:46

2. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 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!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 07:51 11

3. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


huh?! what?!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:04 9

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:11 1

8. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


What fan are you!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:59 8

14. adi4u4882 (Posts: 137; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Maybe he's high.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:44 2

22. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 14:41

47. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)


Someone has been rocking the pipe for sure lol.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 07:58 9

4. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:53 1

23. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


They're actually on critical life support right now.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 12:42

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I agree to Mxzyptlk, they are!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:08 8

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Run! Run! BlackBerry's ship is sinking!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:11 1

17. troutsy (Posts: 320; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:34

19. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:08

7. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Afraid of predection!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:19 7

9. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 08:24 2

10. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 23:57

43. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


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

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 02:19

46. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


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

posted on 29 Mar 2013, 16:52

50. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 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.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 16:28 2

42. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


lmfao :D

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