John Chen

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 »

An Unfocused America


Earlier this week a drop in home sales led stocks to fall to their lowest level in seven weeks, a sign the economy remains in trouble. How can we turn that around?

John Chen is the CEO of Dublin, California based Sybase; a world leader in information technology and wireless computing. When Chen took Sybase over 12 years ago, the company was in deep trouble. Today Sybase is vibrant and just sold to German based SAP for $5.8 billion. But if we are to find future success, as individuals or as a country, Chen says it might be time to change our focus.  read more »

A Personal Investment


In today's tough economy sometimes your best investment is in yourself.

John Chen is CEO of Dublin, California based Sybase. A world leader in information technology. But early in his engineering career at another company, Chen was told he would never get promoted, primarily because he was Asian and had trouble speaking English. So he shelled out $2,000, his entire monthly salary at that time, to hire a husband and wife broadcasting team to teach him presentation and public speaking skills.

"It was a worthwhile investment, probably the best investment I ever made, but it's the willingness to do something different. A lot of people ask me to speak and I always tell people this is just about accepting challenges, don't accept stereotypes. You can do better and you should do better."  read more »