Co-founder officially drops bid for BlackBerry



Mike Lazaridis


Mike Lazaridis, a BlackBerry co-founder, and former co-CEO have formally ditched his plans to obtain the company via a joint bid with a fellow co-founder. In dissolving the plan, Lazaridis’ stake in the sagging company is now 4.99 p.c.

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Lazaridis made his decision public in a Securities and change commission submitting on Tuesday. Below the now-defunct plan announced in October, Lazaridis and fellow co-founder Douglas Frewin had combined stakes to reach eight % complete possession. They mentioned they have been considering a purchase order of the company. Last month, then again, BlackBerry took itself off the market, and new management is attempting to turn the company around.

These 12 months have been an especially arduous one for BlackBerry. After lagging further and further behind the competition, the corporate positioned its final-ditch hopes on two new smartphones, each of which failed to shop the company. BlackBerry lost $four. Four billion in essentially the most contemporary quarter.