Interview: Jean-David Begin, BlackBerry Partner Fund: Cautiously Moving Toward 20 Investments

imageTwo weeks ago we talked to Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers’ iFund Manager Matt Murphy about his thoughts on investing in companies building applications for the iPhone. At CTIA, we caught up with BlackBerry Partner’s Fund investment team member Jean-David Begin, who was busy traveling between Palo Alto and the convention floor with two other members to meet with a host of potential investments. The BlackBerry Fund was announced earlier this year just after the iFund, and is designed to invest in applications using the BlackBerry platform, as well as a host of other mobile products and services for various platforms. To be clear, the fund is an independent entity, not an investment arm of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, so Begin has no inside information as to what RIM may or may not be doing. He shared his opinions on the hot sectors in mobile, his desire for cash-efficient companies with a chance of IPO exits, how some mobile companies are overvalued and unreleased Android’s need to prove itself. Some highlights from our conversation:

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