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Should BlackBerry Go Private? Recent R&D Layoffs Suggest It Might Be Time

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Recently, BlackBerry laid off 250 employees, some of which were located in the Research and Development department of the company. During a phase of the company when they should probably be investing more dollars in R&D in order to come up with the next generation of consumer electronics, the company is scaling back. One reason the company may be scaling back is a consequence of being a publicly traded corporation. Public companies are often at the behest of Wall Street to meet quarterly earnings expectations and this short term focus can reduce prioritization of longer-term departments such as R&D. Does this mean being a publicly traded corporation is not in BlackBerry’s best interests?
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Startup Canada Takes a Tour of VeloCity Garage and Residence with Mike Kirkup

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We talked a lot with Mike Kirkup over the years during his tenure at RIM as a VP of Developer Relations. Now, he’s Director of Student Innovation at VeloCity out of the University of Waterloo, giving startups the tools and resources they need to create great businesses.

VeloCity was created as a gateway to entrepreneurship for students. The program is a collaborative community of student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs. From ideation to prosperous startup, VeloCity is where our most promising students and alumni find support. For a tour of some of the facilities, check out the videos below and take a tour with Mike Kirkup.
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RIM, Canrock and Others Invest $30 Million in the Hyperdrive Startup Fund

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Hyperdrive is a startup fund that finances high-tech startups in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The $30-million program was created to finance high-tech startups and help them bring their ideas to market. RIM, 5 venture capital firms and a charitable foundation help fund Hyperdrive.
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Ottawa Tech Recruitment Event Seeking to Fill 1,300 Tech Roles in Waterloo Region

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RIM is a killer company to work for as the company is in transition to a new OS and generally, a new consumer-focused smartphone/tablet company. Also, with the QNX acquisition, who knows what cool fields the company might be making headway in. On March 27th, RIM, as well as companies Desire2Learn, Procom and Skybound Research, will be hosting a Tech Recruitment Event along with Communitech, to fill some 1,300 tech roles in the Waterloo Region.
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VeloCity announces new leadership team: Mike Kirkup and Brett Shellhammer

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VeloCity, the University of Waterloo’s student startup incubator program has added two experienced staffers to their team. Mike Kirkup of RIM developer relations fame will be VeloCity’s new Director and Brett Shellhammer will be bringing his startup and Silicon Valley experience to the role of Executive In Residence.
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RIM Sponsored We Day Brings 7 Thousand Youth Together to Fight Poverty #WeDay

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We’re here at We Day in Waterloo. It’s a pretty amazing event that brings together around 7 thousand youth to fight global poverty and promote social justice. The event features the two young men who started Free The Children, as well as a host of celebrities to help the cause.

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