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CKMS Community Connections for 30 November 2020 with Chuck Howitt

Show Notes

Chuck Howitt at the CKMS 102.7 FM microphone
Chuck Howitt

Chuck Howitt, author of BlackBerry Town | How high tech success has played out in Kitchener-Waterloo | Chuck HowittBlackBerry Town joins Bob Jonkman to talk about writing, journalism, and technology.

You can buy BlackBerry Town Online at Lorimer or from Words Worth Books in downtown Waterloo.

The interview starts at 5m30s.



Download: ckms-community-connections-2020-11-30-episode069.mp3 (56.2 MB , 58m30s, episode 069)

Podcast Index

Time Title Artist Album
0m00s Theme for CKMS Community Connections ccc Steve Todd CKMS Community Connections
00m48s Take It In/Vertigo In/Vertigo - Sex Love & Chaos (a ring of fire with a serpent on sword)Sex Love & Chaos
4m27s Bob introduces In/Vertigo, reads Keaton’s letter
5m30s Chuck Howitt talks about his time at The Record; how BlackBerry Town came to be; the research involved in writing a book; a rival book, Losing The Signal appears; finding a publisher with the help of Steve Izma; Lorimer Publishing accepts, but imposes a deadline. Chuck writes to meet the deadline; changes suggested by Lorimer made it a better book. Not a history book, but about people and stories and technology. Chuck explains what happened with RIM and its stock options. Talking about patents, patent trolls, and RIM’s patent lawsuit. What took BlackBerry down? Chuck thinks it was distractions (buying hockey teams, physics institutes), complacency, and failure to innovate. Discussing the technology offered by the competition. With RIM’s centralized infrastructure, how secure was the BlackBerry technology really? Chuck Howitt reads some excerpts from BlackBerry Town. Talking about other technology companies in Waterloo. “Unicorn companies”, worth billions of dollars on paper, but what are they really worth? Promoting the book in the media. Chuck is now writing a blog. How to buy the book: Online at Lorimer, IRL at Words Worth Books. Audio book on CKMS-FM? Stay tuned!
57m10s Empty To Fill
and Bob Jonkman gives the end credits
Peach & Quiet Peach & Quiet - Just Beyond The Shine (top of a peach in the shape of lips with a finger in the shushing position)Just Beyond the Shine

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