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Ex-Apple Chief John Sculley Considering BlackBerry Acquistion

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News Posted: Thu, Oct 24 2013 10:16 AM
A change of ownership might do BlackBerry some good, but who's interested in taking possession of the struggling smartphone maker? A man from Apple's past -- former CEO John Sculley -- might be the answer. Sculley, who says he's been a "long-time BlackBerry fan and user," is reportedly kicking around the idea of making a bid for the Canadian outfit, though nothing is yet official.

Sculley isn't the only suitor. Company co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin are considering a buyout, and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. CEO Prem Watsa made a preliminary offer of $4.7 billion to acquire BlackBerry.

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The Canadian handset maker has struggled to regain relevancy in a market place that's now dominated by Apple (iOS) and Samsung (Android). New handsets and a revamped mobile OS, BlackBerry 10, both failed to generate the kind of excitement and sales the company had hoped, leading company executives to consider a sale.

On paper, Sculley seems like an intelligent fit. He ran Pepsi and spearheaded the Pepsi Challenge campaign that challenged Coca-Cola drinkers in the 1980s, and perhaps more importantly, he believes in BlackBerry's potential.

"The only thing I would say is, I think there’s a lot of future value in Blackberry," Sculley told The Globe and Mail in an interview. "But without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging . Whoever buys it would have to have a strategic plan that was credible and could succeed, and they would want to have an experienced team that would be able to implement that plan."
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EvanWatty replied on Thu, Oct 24 2013 1:59 PM

i don't think he can run it any further into the ground

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All that free revenue from tax evasion? they can do this no problems.

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Do it. Make blackberry relevant again.

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Watch Scully go down with the sinking ship like he almost did with Apple

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel trusts her BlackBerry security for serious electronic conversations that cannot be intercepted by the NSA and uses another cell brand for casual calls. That says a lot about the Canada's BB which should never be sold foreign interests like Sculley, an American.

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