Tom DeVesto, Tivoli Audio
So I used him as my example dealer in an advertising seminar at CES. He’s always been interesting. He’s not a boring suit-and-a-tie, go-to-work, do your job and go home type of guy. He doesn’t fit into a cookie-cutter mold of anyone’s opinion of what somebody in this business ought to be. He thinks differently, and has a more open mind that doesn’t go down a predictable path, the way everybody else tends to.”
DeVesto’s time at Kloss, where engineering efforts produced the fabled Novabeam projection TV, spanned 1978 to 1985. “I left there and eventually, Henry and I partnered again and started Cambridge SoundWorks, went public, sold it, and I sat out my non-compete and started Tivoli Audio in 2000,” he said.
DeVesto said he counts Kloss as someone who has had “a far-reaching impact on me. Early on, I learned from him an approach to problem solving. But when he’d come up with an idea, he’d also try to come up with what was wrong with it—because if you could come up with that, it didn’t matter how many good reasons there were to do it. It was about finding the fatal flaw in an idea. It was a philosophy I adopted early on, and still use today as a major part of how.”