Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry

By Jacquie McNish, Sean Silcoff

Short-listed for the 2015 monetary instances and McKinsey company e-book of the yr

A Wall highway magazine top company e-book of 2015

A most sensible company e-book of the 12 months, Forbes Magazine

A instances of London ebook of the Week

Best Narrative enterprise ebook of 2015 by means of Strategy+Business

In 2009, BlackBerry managed half the phone marketplace. at the present time that quantity is under one percentage. What went so fallacious?

Losing the Signal is a riveting tale of a firm that toppled international giants sooner than succumbing to the ruthlessly aggressive forces of Silicon Valley. this isn't a standard story of contemporary enterprise failure by way of fraud and greed. the increase and fall of BlackBerry unearths the harmful velocity at which innovators race alongside the knowledge superhighway.

With remarkable entry to key avid gamers, senior executives, administrators and rivals, Losing the sign unveils the outstanding upward thrust of a firm that begun above a bagel shop in Ontario. on the middle of the tale is an not going partnership among a visionary engineer, Mike Lazaridis, and an abrasive Harvard company institution grad, Jim Balsillie. jointly, they engineered a pioneering pocket electronic mail equipment that grew to become the instrument of selection for presidents and CEOs. The partnership loved just a short second on best of the area, even if. on the very second BlackBerry used to be ranked the world's quickest transforming into corporation inner feuds and chaotic progress crippled the corporate because it confronted its gravest try out: Apple and Google's access in to cellphones.

Expertly advised through acclaimed newshounds, Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, this can be an interesting, whirlwind narrative that is going backstage to bare the most compelling enterprise tales of the recent century.

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