Today Blackberry announced plans to look for a buyer. Over a year ago, I helped form a secret product and engineering team based Silicon Valley that was keenly interested in taking over the company. We wanted to move the company and its passionate customers to a custom enterprise tier of Android. We saw a troubled company that could be saved. We secured commitments of over $1B to pursue a turnaround. But we needed at least $5B more. Now, a year later, the strategy of an enterprise grade Android company is still sound, but it just might be too late to save Blackberry as an independent company.