Apple Looking to Recruit BlackBerry Employees in Ontario

blackberry.pngFollowing the announcement of BlackBerry's layoffs that will see a loss of 40 percent of its staff, Apple has begun poaching BlackBerry talent via a recruitment drive near the BlackBerry offices in Ontario, reports the Financial Post.

In the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre on Sept. 26, located in Cambridge, Ont. on the outskirts of the Kitchener-Waterloo region where BlackBerry was born, the iPhone maker invited local talent with the aim of luring them to their Silicon Valley operations.

According to a LinkedIn invitation, the majority of positions open at Apple are located within Cupertino, California. Apple has said that it will provide both relocation and immigration assistance to any candidates that are hired, but it is unclear exactly what positions Apple is looking to fill.

Apple's attempt to snap up BlackBerry employees comes as the company itself contemplates a $4.7 billion takeover bid from Fairfax Financial, which BlackBerry initially received on September 23.

Amid worries that Fairfax Financial cannot come up with the full funding, BlackBerry is also reported to be considering a breakup of the company, as other companies like Cisco and Samsung have expressed interest in only parts of the company. Piecemeal elements, such as patents or its enterprise network, could be more valuable than a standard sale.

At the current time, BlackBerry continues to seek out the best option for the eventual sale of the company. BlackBerry has until November 4 to receive other proposals as Fairfax Financial works to get financing to solidify the deal.

During its ongoing financial troubles, BlackBerry has released a new cloud service designed for managing mobile devices and is also set to launch the iOS and Android versions of BlackBerry Messenger in the future. The company previously prepared the release for September 22, but had its servers overwhelmed by an unauthorized Android version of the app which has since delayed the launch.

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aristotle Avatar
122 months ago
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This is precisely the bozo parade that Steve Jobs warned us about.

:mad:
Some of their engineers are smart people. The real bozos there were in upper level management. The top bozos were the two co-CEOs.

As long as Apple does not hire away any of their executives they should be ok.
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Tiger8 Avatar
122 months ago
Apple + Blackberry

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osofast240sx Avatar
122 months ago
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This is precisely the bozo parade that Steve Jobs warned us about.

:mad:
Your obviously not in the tech world. You do not have the slightest clue of what you're talking about. Just effing amazing!
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rdowns Avatar
122 months ago
Smart move Apple. BB employees are pretty much their best assets.
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keysofanxiety Avatar
122 months ago
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This is precisely the bozo parade that Steve Jobs warned us about.

:mad:

It's difficult to appreciate the position Apple was during the '90s. As others have said, it was the CEOs who had BB on the wrong path. Steve would have always looked for good people in bad places; you won't believe how much potential can be wasted by bad leadership. If anything, Steve's return to Apple in '97 should show you just how wrong this mentality is.
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Tankmaze Avatar
122 months ago
but it is unclear exactly what positions Apple is looking to fill.
maybe making a better imessage than bbm ?
we can only guess.

lots of smart engineers & programmers in blackberry but bad leadership made them like a headless chicken.

sauce : http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/coming-saturday-the-inside-story-of-why-blackberry-is-failing/article14563602/
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