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Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, Co-CEOs of Research in Motion
Influence: RIM Co-chiefs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie built the BlackBerry into a formidable enterprise smartphone platform by concentrating on the messaging requirements of the corporate world. This single-minded focus created a devoted, almost fanatical user base among professionals. The pair weren’t content to rest on the successful penetration of the enterprise world, however, knowing that it would be necessary to broach the mainstream consumer market in order to extend the growth of the company. Some savvy partnerships with carriers with strong positions in the mainstream market have helped make the BlackBerry one of the top smartphones sold globally.