And he struck me as unconventional. Mike shot back with the news that the first s were already being tested. Toward the end of the summer of Mousseau assembled his software team and told them that they had a new job. The bonus to Mobitex was the distance you could be from a base station and still get signal strength. Ericsson was slowly coming to realize that Lazaridis and Balsillie wanted to “control the whole value chain: Motorola’s Pageboy, introduced in , was the first successful consumer pager. Mike chuckled and said to Bill, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could figure out how to put all of this technology into a small footprint, like a pager, and be able to put the processing power of a computer into that kind of form factor?

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Contents [ hide ] 1 Young Mike Lazaridis 1. Everybody was thinking cellular, not Mobitex. They soon started competing with each other. It worked on enterprise networks, and synchronized email and PIN messaging between desktop and mobile software.

He also learned from his experience with Ericsson that he needed a tough management sidekick, and that was when Jim Balsillie entered the picture.

Views Article Discussion Edit History. It could simply synch to a desktop computer using a cradle and wires. In the fall ofat age 18, Mike 92m enrolled at the University of Waterloo in electrical engineering with an option in computer science. I’ll never forget that.

One of Mike’s first boyhood memories was flying his bird-shaped kite over the stern of the ship as it steamed over the Atlantic Ocean. Wireless projects weren’t that unusual for telecom companies at the time, says Lazaridis, “but it was a consulting industry, radoi a product industry.


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In no time flat it became a must-have tool itroniix leading journalists, lawyers, political aides, members of the U. The CDC corporate culture was crumbling, and Mike saw first hand the damage done when engineers with cutting edge ideas had to butt heads with the marketing department, who demanded simple products to attract customers.

Mike and Doug soon developed a passion for wireless technology. Toward the end of the summer of Mousseau assembled his software team and told them that they had a new job. Once when I dared to take a weekend off Herb decided to re-code my entire Session layer in the Mobilib-Plus product.

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Every Christmas the batteries would disappear rapidly. He laid out all the market potential and engineering challenges that he and David Neale wrestled with through including what he called the Personal Communicatora handheld touch screen Mobitex device with email, computer bulletin board connectivity and a way to manage your calendar, contact list and other personal data.

The University, sometimes called “the MIT of itronxi North” was a breeding ground for computer buffs with big ideas. He also hired another company called Anterior Technology RadioMail to back up the system with a service bureau. In the end, we sold the rights to the product to the company that was manufacturing them for us [ Corman Technologies ], and they installed a whole rack of them at GM’s Oshawa plant. When you seed products, you expect a return rate of maybe half.


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I got a few electric shocks making them. Micsinszki’s caution about not getting too captivated by computers still echoed in Mike’s 902.

Still, they loved the work, in spite of the lack of traction.

Also, even if an e-mail got delayed a few seconds because of network congestion, the message was queued and sent a short time later. Apple’s Newton had no radio, and no mobile abilities. Mobitex also let RIM compete in other emerging markets.

RIM’s timing was just about perfect. In a midnight to 3 am marathon, he had a brain wave, and e-mailed to his office a white paper called “Success Lies in Paradox. This effectively makes your BlackBerry device an extension of your desktop.

The network is used for radko dispatch, telemetry, POS, DB-access, Internet access, e-mail and interactive messaging. Says Jim Hobbs, wireless strategist with BellSouth. We were all enthusiastic about technology, had similar educational backgrounds and a big interest in cars.

CDC’s PLATO Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations computerized learning system, launched inwas pretty amazing for its day, pioneering concepts such as online forums and message boards, online testing, email, chat rooms, picture languages, instant messaging, remote screen sharing, and multiplayer online games. Research in Motion was financed at the start by a Government of Ontario New Ventures loan, with matching funding from Lazaridis’ parents in Windsor.