A half-year into his tenure as BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen has developed a reputation for delivering great quotes with a dry wit. Chen was in fine form earlier this week when he told the Financial Times he wasn’t concerned about the recently announced deal between Apple and IBM, likening the partnership to when “two elephants start dancing.”
While Chen acknowledged the current industry perception that his company now faces an imposing challenger, he also declared that the partnership could be seen as good news for Blackberry, because it “validates what is a huge market.”
While market validation is desirable, market share is preferable, and Chen knows that BlackBerry can’t provide a complete enterprise services offering alone. The CEO also indicated to the Financial Times that he is working on potential partnerships.