Jim Balsillie

Canadian businessman

James Laurence "Jim" Balsillie (born February 3, 1961) is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist and co-founder and former co-CEO of the Canadian company Research In Motion ('BlackBerry'). He is also the founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canadian International Council (CIC) and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA).

Jim Balsillie in 2008

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  • While Apple's attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of Web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. … even people inside the distortion field [at Apple] will begin to resent being told half a story.
  • [Apple and the iPhone is] kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers … But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that's overstating it.

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