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Learning From Blackberry’s Decline

After Blackberry announced disastrous Q2 results, news broke that Fairfax’s offer to take the company private had hit funding snags as pension funds were uninterested. This shouldn’t be particularly surprising, but it means that a break-up is now the most likely outcome for the embattled smartphone manufacturer. Let’s use Blackberry as a lens to see what we can learn about declining businesses.

This article, by Sameer Singh, was first published at Tech-Thoughts.

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1. Companies cannot attack established ecosystems from behind

The easiest takeaway from Blackberry’s decline is that no single company can compete against an established ecosystem. Blackberry’s decline began once iOS and Android were firmly entrenched as leading mobile ecosystems. Blackberry failed to understand that creating a viable ecosystem around the BB10 operating system was extremely unlikely given the timelines. By the time BB10 was productized, iOS and Android already held dominating positions in the market and developers had no reason to look back.

Infographic – Developer Economics Q3 2013 – State of the Developer Nation

As we’re about to launch the latest Developer Economics survey [UPDATE: we've launched the new survey - you can take it here!], we’d like to present you with an infographic with some key stats and figures from the latest, Q3 project, to whet your appetite. This infographic holds just a sample of the dozens of…

[Report] Developer Economics Q3 2013 – State of the Developer Nation

We’re happy to announce the launch of our new Developer Economics report, based on the largest, most global developer survey (6,000+ respondents from 115+ countries). You can of this latest report, that tracks the state of mobile ecosystems, developer mindshare, monetisation trends, revenue models and developer tools. The full report is available for  - but you…

Developer Mindshare Q2 2013: Is HTML5 the 3rd horse in the race?

[We've just completed the largest developer survey to date and the results are starting to come in. Marketing Manager, Matos Kapetanakis, discusses some early insights, focusing on platform mindshare and the role of HTML5]

UPDATE: The full report is now available for DOWNLOAD REPORT

Developer Economics 5th edition - survey

Biggest developer survey

We’re thrilled to announce that the Q2 Developer Economics survey we conducted throughout April was the most successful to date, zooming past the 6,000 respondents mark, making it the biggest developer survey globally.

We broke through the 6,000 developer mark mainly thanks to the help of our 48 Marketing and Regional partners. Together we reached developers from an unprecedented 115 countries, from mature markets, like the US and Western Europe, to emerging markets, like Brazil, Russia, India and China. To reach developers on a global scale, we translated the survey in 10 languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish), aided by our local partners, who helped us reach the local dev communities. Thanks to a partnership with Mobile Monday, we also promoted through over 20 local MoMo chapters in Asia and Oceania.

And for those of you who took our survey and are eagerly awaiting the results of the prize draw – here are the winners!

1. One new iPhone 5 (won by @Adrianod1993)
2. Two Samsung Galaxy SIII (won by @devitry & @Sourav_Lahoti)
3. Two Nokia Lumia 920 (won by John P and Serge J)
4. Two BlackBerry Z10 (won by Shaun D and @99CentsApps)

Exclusive prizes for respondents who also subscribed to our developer panel:
1. One AR Drone 2.0 (value USD 300 – won by @to_pe)
2. One Nest Learning Thermostat (value USD 250 – won by Frank D)
3. One Nike Fuel Band (value USD 150 – won by Branko N)

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