All good things…

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2009 is set to be an historic year worldwide, but it seems as though my beloved Canada is failing to play a role. The Sens still suck, the Raptors still suck, and no one wants another federal election. With President Obama’s visit to our nation’s capital drawing ever nearer, I’ve decided to put my own stamp of change on the New Year. To that effect, as of this Friday I will no longer be Editor-in-Chief of BlackBerry Cool.

During my time at the ‘Cool, much has changed in the BlackBerry space. I can remember back in the early days writing an editorial (one of my first, in fact) in favor of the then much-rumored Apple/RIM device we had dubbed the ‘iBerry’ — we all know how that worked out. BlackBerry Cool has changed quite a bit in that time as well: we’re prettier, faster, and with writers like Kyle McInnes, Nan Palmero, and Jonathan Brandon, filled with new blood and fresh opinions. In the end, I guess that’s why leaving BlackBerry Cool, a site that I’ve grown with and has grown with me, doesn’t seem as heartbreaking as it should. With the new BBCool team and the myriad BlackBerry sites on the web now (remember when it was just BlackBerry Forums, and BBCool?), I know I leave things in good hands.

As for my part? I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many industry luminaries (see above photos), broken some pretty major news, launched a cool mobile application, hosted breakthrough industry events, and played with so many pre-release BlackBerrys that you should be jealous. I leave BlackBerry Cool with no regrets and many fond memories.

I will be thanking many people for their help in this journey during the next few weeks, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to you, the reader. Thank you for your constant support, encouragement, and proving the impetus to forgo sleep for just one more post. If you’re ever looking to chat BlackBerry, you know where to find me.

Douglas Soltys
BlackBerry Cool

14 Responses to “All good things…”

  1. 1 Deacon

    You will be missed

  2. 2 Thomas Magsaysay -

    I regret that I did not get to meet you, however I have heard only good things. Troy told me the other day that this was coming. I’m sorry to see you go. You are an asset to the BlackBerry blogosphere! I am also sorry that your Raptors are no good ;). Troy said you owe him a drink; so if you ever make it down here, I am not even a stones throw from Troy, and I would love to tag along. Goodluck in all your future endeavors, whatever they may be.

  3. 3 andrew

    You will be Missed, you were one of the reasons many stayed as addicts, you informed us well.


  4. 4 James

    Goodbye Doug, you have been a great asset to BBCool and the BlackBerry Community. Good luck with your future endeavors.

  5. 5 Al Sacco

    We’ll miss ya, Douglas. But hopefully you won’t be going too far…

    Good luck!


  6. 6 Andy

    Your contributions have been much appreciated. Good luck with things in the future!

  7. 7 Bla1ze

    Hmmm..this does not feel like a “So long, thanks for all your hard work”, this is more of a “Catch ya later, man” cause I get the feeling you won’t be straying far.

    In any event, thanks for all your hard work Douglas I’ll missing seeing your name assoc. to the articles I read on a daily basis.

  8. 8 David Gerzof

    Doug - Clear Skies to you - best of luck and stay cool.

  9. 9 nan palmero

    BlackBerryCool will not be the same without your quick wit, my friend. Godspeed in your new endeavors. You’ve got a team of people backing your next brilliant step!


  10. 10 LouTreize

    Doug Doug Doug Doug Doug Doug, Douglas, Douglas Soltys…

    Thank you for all that you’ve done for this community. Your dedication and hard work will definitely not be forgotten. Bon courage!

  11. 11 Troy D. Brown

    Wow the comments are becoming the who’s who of the BlackBerry World. Doug it has been a pleasure working with you. Your great spirit and smile always made events fun. I hope I can work again with you one day or at least collect the drinks you owe me. You will be missed by me and many. Good luck.

  12. 12 Shaun - BlackBerry News

    BlackBerryCool was the first BlackBerry website that earned a bookmark in my browser back in the day, and I have enjoyed the company of your articles each morning with my coffee and bagel since.

    Thank you for your contributions to the BlackBerry community, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you.

  13. 13 W4LNUT

    BYE TRON c u online

  14. 14 Simon Sage

    Remember all those “Bye Steve” remarks on our early podcast? Ah, memories.
    It’s a shame you won’t be with BBCool anymore, I was really looking forward to seeing what you would do for it without me. Already there are a ton of changes, and it will be a different future for the site without your creative direction. Please do stay within the blogosphere, though - if there’s one thing I learned while working with you, it’s that your opinionated and clever posts always had a habit of summoning up the community.

    Keep in touch buddy, and let me know what you’re up to.


  1. 1 Berry Reporter - A Fairwell to Doug Soltys of BlackBerry Cool

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