John Sculley, former Apple CEO, is reportedly considering a bid to buy BlackBerry, according to a report from The Globe and Mail. If accurate, that would place him among other potential bidders that could include Cisco(csco), Google, Lenovo and even BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin.
Sculley worked at Apple as chief executive officer from 1983 to 1993. He had a famously poor relationship with Steve Jobs throughout the time he was there, and was largely responsible for ousting him from the company. While Apple didn’t exactly flourish during Sculley’s tenure, The Globe and Mail’s sources say he is exploring a joint bid for BlackBerry with Canadian partners.
BlackBerry is willing to sell itself in parts, but so far the only actual bid has been the $4.7 billion offered by Fairfax Financial Holdings. BlackBerry’s hardware business has been quickly plummeting, but it still has a fairly strong enterprise services division. And the successful launch of the BBM app for Android and iOS shows there’s still interest in BlackBerry services, if not actually BlackBerry devices.
Sculley told the Globe and Mail:
The only thing I would say is, I think there’s a lot of future value in Blackberry, but without experienced people who have run this type of business, and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging … Whoever buys it would have to have a strategic plan that was credible and could succeed, and they would want to have an experienced team that would be able to implement that plan.
Other than that Sculley wouldn’t comment on the matter directly, stating only, “I’ve been a long-time BlackBerry fan and user.”