by Dr Greg Chapman
Blackberry is in trouble. At one time it was the phone of choice for the corporate world. Even the US president had one. It had excellent email security and integrated well with other business software products.
All that changed with the new generation of phones. Blackberry failed to keep up and saw its market share collapse, even in its niche of choice - corporates. It now seems to be looking for a buyer, but what’s it worth?
It has certain technologies and patents that may be of value to others, but the biggest part of the value for any company purchase is usually the Goodwill for the business as a going concern. Purchases of assets such as patents are pretty much what you get in a fire sale especially as there seems to be little that’s unique in its latest offerings that might appeal to another Telco with its own patents. They may have value to a new entrant.