Monthly Archive: March 2010

Adam’s rib

Nick Waddell, editor of the Dollarton Cantech Letter, has done a great job in his April edition. In addition to a Q&A with me about my book, the package also contains reminiscences by Adam Adamou. Adamou was the first investor Jim Balsillie told his story to during a one-day Bay Street blitz to raise capital in 1996. That part is in my book. Adamou’s version of events is both hilarious and offers a lesson to early-stage investors. Here’s the link.

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Some chicken, some neck

If you live in Mississauga or Brampton (and one million people do) tune in on Thursday at 2 p.m. for In Business with David Wojcik. The half-hour segment on Rogers Cable Channel 10 also features telecom analyst Lawrence Surtees. Surtees explains why Nortel failed; I talk about how Research In Motion succeeded. In the show taped today we both agreed on one thing: the best technology CEOs in Canada right now are RIM’s Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. We are good company. Barron’s today announced that Mike and Jim are on the magazine’s list of the the 30 most respected...

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I was Heather Reisman

Of all the prestigious invitations issued to authors, at the top of the list is an interview with Heather Reisman. The event takes place every month or so at the flagship Indigo store in mid-town Toronto at Bay and Bloor. Elizabeth Gilbert and Jack Welch are among the five-star authors who have been interviewed by the CEO of Indigo in front of an audience and then stay on to sign books. I’ve never been invited; that’s how I know it’s prestigious. But today I went one better: I was Heather Reisman. Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and author of...

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Inspiration and perspiration

Last night I spoke at the Rotman School of Management about my new book. About 110 attendees bought a book and more than half of them lined up to have it autographed. Another 25 people were there to hear the half-hour talk and the Q&A that followed. I was surprised at the breadth and diversity of the audience. One couple had driven 45 minutes from Newmarket, there was a recent PhD grad from McGill, a freelance writer, a smattering of lawyers and accountants, small business owners, teachers, a RIM employee and many others who were giving the book to a...

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Radio GaGa

In the last two weeks I’ve talked about my new book on more than 40 radio stations across Canada from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. The most efficient time spent was doing what’s called Radio Syndication at CBC. From a Toronto studio the size of a broom closet I taped 11 ten-minute interviews, one after another, in a three-hour blitz. The marathon included Corner Brook, Sydney, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Yellowknife, Vancouver, Prince George/Prince Rupert, Kelowna and Victoria. The hosts in all 40+ cases were, without fail, genial and gracious. Radio is a great connector in this country. Hockey might be Canada’s...

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The invisible giant

Of all the themes I encountered during the the four years I spent researching my new book on BlackBerry, the most repetitive was this: Research In Motion has done fine, but it’s all over. Or, BlackBerry has done well but there’s a new rival on the scene that will end the device’s supremacy. A variation appears in today’s Globe and Mail in a piece written by Simon Avery, an able journalist who has been covering technology for more than a decade. Today’s version of the thesis is that RIM’s technology is outdated and investors are shorting the stock, betting it...

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Selling well is the best revenge

This morning I was a guest on The Current, the national CBC Radio show hosted by Anna Maria Tremonti. The topic was billionaires using last week’s Forbes list as a jump-off point. I knew there was to be another guest who would discuss the international scene. I would talk about Canadian billionaires in general and the three from Research In Motion in particular: Mike Lazaridis, Jim Balsillie and Doug Fregin. As I approached the waiting area outside the studio, I could see the other guest, but didn’t know who it was until a CBC staffer made the introductions. “This is...

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Number five

My new book landed on the Globe and Mail best-seller list today in the number five slot. I’m in good company with three books by Malcolm Gladwell and one by Eckhart Tolle (praised by Oprah) ahead of me. Gladwell, who is from Elmira, Ontario, has a BlackBerry connection. He and Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion, knew each other at Trinity College and have kept in touch since their college days. Being on the best-seller list is a real thrill. Thousands of books are published each year that never achieve this status. But I’ve long since learned not to...

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