Mike Lazaridis invented the BlackBerry. Now he wants to create an industry around quantum computing.
Quantum Valley also won’t become a real industry cluster if all it does is recruit the world’s best academic researchers. That is one reason why in March, Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, BlackBerry’s other founder, launched a $100 million investment fund, Quantum Valley Investments. “We built all this and it was very altruistic, very much philanthropy,” says Lazaridis. “But some of the researchers came to us and said, you know, this quantum computer—some of the technology we’re working on has spinoffs.”
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