John Thomson


John Thomson is the founder and leader of the team at WiFI HiFI. Prior to his extensive involvement in the media business, John worked for Sony Music in artist marketing honing his skills as a marketer of sound and vision. John was an integral member of a pioneering online retail start up initiative that helped lay the foundation of what is now modern day online retailing.
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Last Updated: 02/15/2019 11:00:02 AM EST

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CES 2019 Fueled My TV Tech Aspirations

CES 2019 Fueled My TV Tech Aspirations

A couple of years ago, Samsung stole the show at CES with the introduction of "The Frame" TV, a stunning panel that disguises itself as a piece of framed art when it isn't being watched as a television, complete with a bezel that can be matched to the décor of your room. "Game Changer" was how most journalists described the Frame TV

John Thomson Published: 02/15/2019 11:00:02 AM EST

 

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OPINION: Why Songs No Longer Have Intros

OPINION: Why Songs No Longer Have Intros

When we were teenagers, we could get into the car in Port Credit, ON and play the song "Who Are You" by the Who (on cassette). Our goal was always to see how close to Toronto we could get by the time the song was over.

John Thomson Published: 01/04/2019 07:50:01 AM EST

OPINION: Marijuana is Legal, Driverless Cars are Coming. Is It Time To Sell My Bike?

OPINION: Marijuana is Legal, Driverless Cars are Coming. Is It Time To Sell My Bike?

October 17, 2018 was considered marijuana day in Canada. I have no opinion on whether this is a good thing or not for our country. The older I get, I seem to be embracing the value of an altered reality more and more. But I seem to accomplish my goals exclusively and nicely with red wine, so I am not rushing out to buy weed.

John Thomson Published: 12/28/2018 07:00:01 AM EST

OPINION: Are Phones Ruining Our Lives?

OPINION: Are Phones Ruining Our Lives?

Dr. Adam Alter, is an associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University who researches psychology and marketing. He became fascinated with the "dogfooding" strategy and has written a book called Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked once he discovered one industry that avoids "dogfooding."

John Thomson Published: 12/21/2018 10:00:01 AM EST

OPINION: The Joys of Shopping in Person

OPINION: The Joys of Shopping in Person

Yesterday, I got out of the WiFi HiFi shop in Oakville, ON to get some Christmas shopping started. I found myself on Queen St. W. in the hip quarter of Toronto and discovered (for the first time) an independent bookshop called TYPE.

John Thomson Published: 12/14/2018 07:49:53 AM EST

Are Phones Ruining Our Lives?

Are Phones Ruining Our Lives?

Dr. Adam Alter, is an associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University who researches psychology and marketing. He became fascinated with the "dogfooding" strategy and has written a book called Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked when he discovered one industry that avoids "dogfooding".

John Thomson Published: 10/25/2018 08:18:27 AM EST

Paul Barton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Barton Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Barton, Founder and Chief Designer for PSB Speakers, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Toronto Audio Fest. Recognized for his decades of groundbreaking research and numerous contributions to the loudspeaker industry.

John Thomson Published: 10/21/2018 07:41:05 AM EST

DCC plc Acquires JAM Industries

DCC plc Acquires JAM Industries

Jam Industries, North America's largest value-added distributor of Musical Instruments, Professional Audio and Consumer Electronics products, today announces its partnership with the technology division of DCC plc, a £14.3 billion revenue, London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed international sales, marketing, and support services group.

John Thomson Published: 09/27/2018 08:26:58 AM EST

Control4 Names Charlie Kindel as Senior Vice President of Products & Services

Control4 Names Charlie Kindel as Senior Vice President of Products & Services

Charlie was most recently at Amazon where he created and led the Alexa and Echo Smart Home efforts. The organization he built and ran at Amazon proved that voice is a highly natural user interface for interacting with the home and the recent accelerated growth in smart home visibility is directly attributable to the broad reach and success of Alexa Smart Home.

John Thomson Published: 08/02/2018 05:15:45 PM EST

Staub Electronics Now Distributing Terra Speakers

Staub Electronics Now Distributing Terra Speakers

Staub Electronics has announced their appointment as distributor for Terra Speakers, a Leon company that specializes in high-performance, all-weather indoor and outdoor speakers. This partnership comes into effect immediately.

John Thomson Published: 07/26/2018 01:26:55 PM EST

Facebook Shares Tank In Afterhours Trading

Facebook Shares Tank In Afterhours Trading

After reaching record highs earlier on Wednesday before the call, Facebook shares dropped as much as 23% in after-hours trading, a plunge that wiped out roughly $130 billion from the company's value.

John Thomson Published: 07/26/2018 08:23:44 AM EST


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