For the week of May 14, 2023:
The story of how Canadian technology changed the world of telecommunications has made it to the silver screen.
Blackberry is based on the book, “Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of Blackberry,” by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff.
Bob Mackin’s guest on thePodcast this week is Jacquie McNish, the former Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail reporter.
Blackberry was sold as a status symbol, McNish said, “like jewelry for businesspeople.”
“Within a couple of years after launching, they controlled the smartphone market,” McNish said. “They had, at their high, about 20% of the global smart smartphone market, and 50% of the North American smartphone market in a couple of years. To put the significance of that into context, it took the television 50 years to penetrate more than 50% of the North American market. This happened in a couple of years. This is all about the speed with which technology was changing our lives, and the first big iteration of this was the Blackberry.”
Listen to the full interview. Plus Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.
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