Did you know...?
RIM listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1997 and raised more than $115 million from investors.
The BlackBerry-maker listed on the Nasdaq in 1999, raising US$250 million.
Canadian Press reporter Will Campbell is in Waterloo, Ontario today for their BlackBerry 10 launch event. He says there's a big crowd gathered to watch the NYC launch.
RIM shares have shot up four per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange, to $16.34, within minutes of the trading day opening.
Did you know...?
RIM reached one million BlackBerry subscribers in 2004, and continued to grow at a steady clip to 9 million subscribers by 2007.
Doors just opened at the Toronto press event, being attended by journalists, analysts and big corporate clients. Looks to be in the range of 250-300 in the room and seated so far.
Some 2.5 million RIM shares have traded hands since the market opened in Toronto at 9:30 a.m. ET. Stock was up more than six per cent at one point, and now hovering just about four per cent. A long story short: lots of investor activity ahead of 10 a.m. unveil.
Should be getting a one-minute warning any moment now
And we're getting started here in Toronto with Andrew MacLeod, managing director of Canada and CFO Brian Bidulka
"It's so clear to us that we've always had your support," MacLeod says, thanking the crowd
Toronto event starting before New York show? I guess when in New York one must be fashionably late.
Bidulka: "This really marks the starting line"
MacLeod: Notes multiple events taking place simultaneously around the world for this "truly global" launch.
Just a few brief minutes of comments in Toronto and they're now getting ready to shift gears to New York
A very receptive audience for RIM here in Toronto. The audience enthusiastically roared with applause when prompted -- including a few in the press rows.
They're now showing a promo reel of developers and executives from around the world talking up BlackBerry 10
From Canadian Press reporter Will Campbell in Waterloo, Ontario:
Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr says the BB10 will be a real "game changer" for RIM, boosting company growth. He says he's already got a BB10 preordered and expects to be using it within a week.
About 150 local politicians and business people gathered at a technological association hub to watch a live feed of the BB10 unveiling in New York City.
Livecast losing steam here as they show a RIM superfan cut off his ponytail - which he grew waiting for BlackBerry 10 - to support the launch.
Getting started now in NYC, Thorsten Heins, CEO, is on stage
CEO Thorsten Heins takes the stage to talk about the new devices.
Notes it's been about a year since he took over as CEO
Thanking employees for work on BlackBerry 10
Heins's message is definitely appealing more to the corporate market than average consumers, at the moment at least
An obvious reference to critics who said RIM should've just adopted Google's Android