Childhood friends Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin co-founded RIM (Research In Motion) in 1984. Their idea was to create a computer consulting firm for businesses with software issues.
1999-2011 – The Golden Years 2011-2022 – Rock Bottom, Rebrand and Rebound
– RIM 900 – BlackBerry 7000 Series – BlackBerry Bold
In the 2000s, it made millions selling smartphones targeted to business users. In 2016, BlackBerry pivoted from making smartphones to designing and marketing secure communications platforms and other cybersecurity software.