We became collectively ineffective at moving from the idea stage to the conversion of an idea into a commercial success for anything other than devices. The same can be said for Balsillie's foray into trying to become a hockey team owner, which became awash in a morass of frustrating complications that hurt his image and the de facto image of Research In Motion. So I've always been curious how a company with such an awesome product as Blackberry could go so wrong. So Losing the Signal is an insight into recent tech history; it's a human drama; and it's a cautionary tale with frequent you-are-there descriptions of encounters, meetings, and decision making because the writers have done extensive research and interviews with the principals. It's a good character study of two capable men whose flaws and differing viewpoints led to their undoing. Losing the Signal is an enjoyable telling of the rise and fall of BlackBerry, built around the success and eventual failure of Research in Motion's two founders, the visionary engineer Mike Lazaridis and the super aggressive salesman and deal maker Jim Balsillie.
I was also one of those people that waited in line, overnight, in 2007 to be one of the first to get the new iPhone. The public had changed their minds about what they wanted - blame Steve Jobs ; Anyway, as a person who lived through it as a consumer, it was quite interesting to follow the intricacies of the internal struggles. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. With unprecedented access to key players, senior executives, directors and competitors, Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel store in Ontario. An insightful account of the rise and fall of BlackBerry. The book is well-researched and contains useful and relevant advice and lessons for those working in business and tech. Is that because the players and action are all familiar to me? Genres: Browser Compatibility Our audio books and Chrome aren't playing nicely right now, but we're on it.
The company remained robust for a while, but competition wore it down. Great writing from the authors and highly recommended. And it's a good review of the rapid changes in mobile communication now mobile computing for those of us who may forget a world where--not too long ago--email was restricted to a desktop computer, and other forms of two-way messaging were far from a reality yes, a pager was once a big deal. Since I knew nothing about the company, the book was a little difficult to follow at first because it kept flicking between the childhoods of the founders and I couldn't keep track of who was who. And, then came the App Store which multiplied the utility of iPhone manyfolds.
There is a section in the book that discusses BlackBerry's stunted web browser; once Apple and Google released their devices that essentially mirrored the computer web browsing experience, that, too, became writing on the wall that BlackBerry had simply fallen behind. I would be hard pressed to find much fault with this book. The book tells the story of BlackBerry's amazing rise and their surprising fall. Eventually the device broke out into the general public. Distractions such as these, and others, painted a picture of a company that seemed to lose its way from being so innovative and inventive. Together they engineered a pioneering packet email device that became the tool of choice for business executives. Entertaining and informative Authors piece together the story of rise and fall of company.
Losing the Signal is a compelling read. During the last few years of their reign I followed the company pretty closely. Most of Washington was out of the loop. I remember when the first BlackBerry hit the market. Today that number is one percent.
Story of blackberry is going to become a business school case study for sure, and its a wonderful book which tells a story of once iconic phone without taking sides. It's tough not to avoid. The true misery and large scale layoffs started in 2011 and kept going. The biggest takeaway from this book is that no one event caused the BlackBerry to be relegated to the second tier of smart mobile devices. William Hughes narrates the book.
As the book continued, however, things became clearer. Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. The authors are journalist, therefore the story reads like a nonjudgmental news story that presents the facts. If you're interested in the Tech world, this is a pretty interesting story. In this the authors manage a solid job - but there is always an implicit sense of 'this was the decision at the time, but we ca An enjoyable read - largely as I feel I have lived through much of it - if only by adjacency. I had long hoped that someone would write this book.
Apple changed the competitive landscape by shifting the raison d'etre of smartphones from something that was functional to a product that was beautiful. Ultimately, the founders, Balsillie and Lazardis come across as hopelessly inept at running their company-- a classic case of founder's syndrome. With unprecedented access to key players, senior executives, directors and competitors, Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel store in Ontario. The authors have woven together an entertaining story drawing colour from extensive interviews. I had a close up view of the rise and fall of BlackBerry, joining about a year before the peak and leaving before it hit bottom. This book also gives a fascinating insight upon the rise of Blackberry as we knew it. The server room was sometimes used as a thoroughfare; the network once went down after an employee tripped over a power cord.
By the time I joined in 2007, tensions were high, and even to the rank and file, it was obvious that they were no longer working together. The two and many others have opened up, however, to two reporters from The Globe and Mail in Toronto: Jacquie McNish, a senior business writer and author of several books and Sean Silcoff, who reports about the company. It's a combined inspirational and cautionary tale. Efforts to come up with new blockbuster products were unsuccessful. Silcoff: Verizon presented them with a very tight deadline to deliver a touch screen.