The President's Tax Plan


President trump just marked one hundred days in office and the critiques are coming in.

Earlier this week the president brought up the idea of raising the federal gas tax, something that has not been raised since 1993. And like most of the president's proposal reaction is mixed. I recently spoke with John Chen, CEO and executive chairman of Blackberry who says the president's overall tax plan is a good one, and should have been tackled sooner.  read more »

Fast Paced Technology


Technology is changing the world but it means more than just updating your software.

These days most of the big companies are racing to be the first to get driverless cars on the road. I recently spoke to John Chen, CEO and executive chairman at Blackberry about the technology. Right now Blackberry's technology is inside the dashboard of 60 million cars. Chen says while the idea is exciting there are some road blocks.

“The biggest threat to autonomous driven car is the one that is not autonomous meaning that you have a bunch of cars governed by computer driving by itself and then all of a sudden you have a couple cars that are not and human error will intrude on that infrastructure.”

In addition, everything else will have to be upgraded to keep up with the times.  read more »

Blackberry's Comeback


Apple and Samsung might be headlining the battle of the smartphone, but there's another contender waiting in the wings.

The Blackberry was one of the first devices to let you access your email and the internet from the palm of your hand. And according to CEO and executive chairman John Chen they might have been forgotten, but they certainly aren't gone.

“We do a lot better now than 3 years ago, obviously 3 years ago we were troubled, very challenged but somewhat exaggerated I mean dead is somewhat exaggerated but it's coming back in a good way.”

Chen says the company has licensed the hardware to other companies while maintaining control of the software.  read more »

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While most of the attention is focused on the Apple tree, another tech company is quietly making its move.

I recently sat down with John Chen, CEO of Blackberry about the direction the company is going since he took over less than two years ago.

“Yea I’ve been there, this is 17 months we came in to turn around company, and we have a 2 year turnaround plan so we’re right in the middle of it.”  read more »

A Blackberry Ban


In a couple of months travelers to one Middle Eastern country are going to find themselves a little less connected.

Starting in October the United Arab Emirates will ban the use of email, messaging and web services on Blackberry’s. The ban will apply to citizens and any visitors to the country. Officials say the ban is being put in place because the Blackberry system is too hard for the government to eavesdrop on. Messages and emails sent from Blackberrys are encrypted and even the company that makes the blackberry can’t decode them. This makes government officials nervous that people could be conducting illegal activity.  read more »

The Dark Day My Blackberry Fell Into The Toletta


When I first asked my wife if she could take enough time off for a long anticipated vacation trip to Italy, she said “only if I can keep in touch with the office and my clients”.

No problem, I thought. Plenty of my golfing buddies travel on business around the world. But I should have remembered that they have “people” who handle the details. I was on my own.

My descent into international telephone and e-mail madness began with a series of trips to the local ATT Wireless store to test drive various products guaranteed to keep them and my wife in business, while driving me nuts.  read more »