Thiel is Toast

garylkoh

WBF Technical Expert (Speakers & Audio Equipment)
Sep 6, 2010
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Seattle, WA
www.genesisloudspeakers.com
#1
I'm always sad when one of my competitors bites the dust. I am a great believer in evolution, and believe that competition challenges you and makes you better. However, this was in the cards for a long time - the pivot to cheap Made-in-China products, having the company run by bean counters and the intention to merely leverage on the reputation and the brand I thought was a recipe for disaster.

The difference with Genesis is that I wanted to continue and build on the brand and legacy of the originals. I hired Arnie as Chief Scientist to continue design until his retirement. And learned from him so that I could continue to shepherd the designs and the company to greater heights. In all of today's Genesis products - 12 years after Arnie's retirement and his passing last November - you still see and hear the DNA of the original Genesis/Infinity products: they are just better with improved engineering, materials science and modern design. And still Made in the U.S.A.

https://www.strata-gee.com/thiel-toast/
 

JackD201

[WBF Founding Member]
Apr 21, 2010
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Manila, Philippines
#2
It's sad that Jim wasn't able to pass his legacy on. It appears the Thiel brand is now just being milked as it has been done to many iconic brands before it. Lenco blue tooth speaker anyone?
 
Jan 29, 2012
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#3
I'm always sad when one of my competitors bites the dust. I am a great believer in evolution, and believe that competition challenges you and makes you better. However, this was in the cards for a long time - the pivot to cheap Made-in-China products, having the company run by bean counters and the intention to merely leverage on the reputation and the brand I thought was a recipe for disaster.

The difference with Genesis is that I wanted to continue and build on the brand and legacy of the originals. I hired Arnie as Chief Scientist to continue design until his retirement. And learned from him so that I could continue to shepherd the designs and the company to greater heights. In all of today's Genesis products - 12 years after Arnie's retirement and his passing last November - you still see and hear the DNA of the original Genesis/Infinity products: they are just better with improved engineering, materials science and modern design. And still Made in the U.S.A.

https://www.strata-gee.com/thiel-toast/
Gary,
Arnie was very lucky to have you as a curator and ultimately a maximizer/improver of his designs. Sadly, a person of your integrity did not buy Thiel.
 

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