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Sean Silcoff (he/him)

Sean Silcoff is co-author of Losing the Signal, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning book about the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer BlackBerry, and the inspiration for the 2023 movie “BlackBerry.” He is a business writer specializing in innovation with The Globe & Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper. Sean previously worked at the National Post and Canadian Business Magazine and has been published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He lives near Ottawa, Canada.

About Losing the Signal:
Losing the Signal is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling book about the rise and fall of smartphone pioneer Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) under the leadership of long-time co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis. The book, co-written by veteran Canadian business journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, grew out of a major feature investigation by the authors published in September 2013 in The Globe & Mail about the downfall of the Canadian company. The piece won a National Newspaper Award and was named one of the best business stories of the year by Longform. Losing the Signal won the National Business Book Award in Canada and was shortlisted for the international Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. It was named one of best business books of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BloombergView (Mohamed El-Erian) Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, Strategy + Business Magazine, Irish Times, Irish Examiner and Vancouver Sun. A movie adaptation of the book, “BlackBerry” was released in theatres across North America and several other countries in 2023.


Scaling all the way

October 17, 2018  8:40 PM – 9:10 PM
How do you take a company with a negative valuation, and find a Billion-dollar exit? And what are the hard problems you'll face along that journey? See more.