Strange bedfellows, indeed. But stranger things have happened. Google and Motorola Mobility comes to mind. But I agree that the biggest obstacle to any merger with RIM is the co-CEO structure and the apprent stubborness of aforementioned CEOs. If its earnings take any more hits, RIM won't be doing its shareholders any favors by not shopping around.
@Anna: No of course. I was just trying to make people understand that the answer to the question "what should Yahoo do next"? is not that easy to find out. I'm not saying that no action should be taking to address the company's current troubles but I don't think that a merger/alliance with RIM will likely happen.
@prabhakar - I tend to agree. I'm not sure that joining together two struggling companies is a recipe for success. Just the effort required to merge is a distraction from productivity...I think one of the partners in a merger needs to be in a good position.
Yahoo and RIM are the companies working in different domains. The only common things between the both seems to be that they are now lagging behind the competition in offering new products/services making their existing customers to look elsewhere.
I do not think that their merger will help either of them. Each one of them has to get merged with a stronger player in their domain.
Transitions are difficult and it's obvious both RIM and Yahoo are having problems transforming their operations. Theoretically, a company can exist forever but in order to do this, it must be flexible, adaptable and continuously evolving. These two companies are so far not doing a good job of competitive evolution.
Tirlapur, RIM won't adopt Windows OS or Android OS. I don't see the benefits for the company. It's Blackberry system is quite good but just not used by other companies. It's proprietary. If it adopts any of these two operating systems it loses the advantage it currently has and this won't distinguish it in the market.
Tirlapur, hiring and firing are very common in Yahoo. I think they used to fire the CEO's once in a year or 18 months. So far all the CEO's are expertise dignitaries and having a good tracking record, but nothing has happened. Like you most of us have similar thoughts.
If we are looking both the companies, they are king once in their respective field and now they are lagging very much behind the competitors. Both the companies need some sort of stimulations and extra pull for the upward journey.
@Anna, I think yahoo has already made several changes. It has hired Scott Thompson as its new CEO. I am sure Scott's deep understanding of online businesses will help Yahoo. Moreover by asking Jerry Yang to resign from Yahoo board of directors Yahoo has demonstrated its desire to grow.
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