Understanding the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) startup community is critical for any local entrepreneur. I want to share what I have learned over the past 6 weeks to help others navigate through the different organizations and people. I focused on trying to understand the structure, the organizations involved, and the programs that help create a thriving crop of startups. Like every community, it’s never organized the way it appears on the ...

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In short, the biggest things I don't miss about my "work" BlackBerry are items enforced via IT Policy.  All of these items are configured by the BES administrator and whether enabled by default or by choice each one is an element controlled by the company. Forced password reset policies every 60 days - I understand the corporate security policy directive around changing your password every 60 days but as a user I certainly won't miss ...

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I have used every BlackBerry RIM has made over the past 10 years. So, when I set off to buy my very first BlackBerry I was prepared for the challenges and frustrations that I would experience with the carriers on my own. However, I wasn't prepared for the completely different BlackBerry experience as a consumer versus a business user.  Here are the three things I miss the most about my "work" BlackBerry:       ...

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Lessons I learned leaving RIM

Posted on September 14, 2011

I had a unique opportunity to spend the two weeks after my resignation at RIM helping with the transition of my role to minimize the impact to both the developer community and my team.  As part of that process, I had some lessons which I thought were worth sharing. (more…)

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Time for the next adventure

Posted on August 30, 2011

After an incredible journey with RIM, I have resigned as Senior Director, Global Developer Relations today. As the mobile space continues to change so quickly and this seems like a great time to step back and consider my next steps.  If you wonder what I mean about the changing mobile landscape, just look at what has happened in the last two weeks - Motorola was acquired by Google, HP shut down webOS and Steve Jobs resigned as CEO from ...

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