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The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History

“There wasn’t a meeting I couldn’t get. All I had to say was, ‘Hey, I’m bringing the BlackBerrys’”

Behind this week’s cover

In 1984, Mike Lazaridis, an engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Douglas Fregin, an engineering student at the University of Windsor, founded an electronics and computer science consulting company called Research In Motion, or RIM. For years the company tinkered in obscurity, until it focused on a breakthrough technology: an easy, secure, and effective device that allowed workers to send and receive e-mails while away from the office. They called it the BlackBerry.