No doubt you’ve seen the above image over the last day or so, reputed to be an official internal BlackBerry document. However, this is NOT the case – in fact it is an old, investor proposal presentation slide from back in 2012. If you’d like to see the original (along with others), check it out here:
As the more astute among you will no doubt notice, the above link contains the name “robinhbchan”. A little searching reveals that Robin Chan is currently CEO of Operator, Inc. His LinkedIn profile details how he was part of a “secret product and engineering team” that attempted to launch a takeover of BlackBerry back in June – September of 2012. The slide pictured above is evidently part of the presentation Mr. Chan and his associates used to secure commitments for funding (according to his LinkedIn page Mr. Chan and Co managed to raise commitments worth $1bn, but needed around $5bn more).
It’s a shame that so many people (including more than a few BlackBerry “supporter” sites!) seem to be determined to bring BlackBerry down, whether it be through leaks, rumours or misinformation.
Perhaps the media in general should try to do things a little differently in future – rather than jump on every last piece of BlackBerry news and publish it without a thought, maybe it would be prudent to consider the truth behind the rumour and investigate before spreading information that could be false at best and at worst, potentially damaging for BlackBerry as a company.