It was announced earlier today that BlackBerry will receive $1 billion in funding and that CEO Thorsten Heins will be temporarily replaced by John S. Chen while the company searches for a new and more permanent boss.
Thorsten Heins was CEO from January 2012 until November 4, 2013 but in that time he managed to make quite an impression on us. A memorable moment was his performance next to Alicia Keys as the company’s new ‘Creative Director’, weeks before she tweeted from her iPhone.
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But there were many other memorable moments and quotable quotes. Here are a few ones we liked especially:
- “There is nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now.” (source)
- “In five years, I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing” (source)
- “One of the issues we really need to tackle in the future is not the innovation – that will be always covered” (source)
- “In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.” (source)
- “I get more and more excited every day. I really have to make sure I stay grounded and I don’t lose my sense for reality” (source)
There you have it. Visionary statements or unfortunate-but-amusing remarks? Do you think it makes sense that BlackBerry replaced him or should it have given him longer to prove himself?
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