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Richard’s Journey to Success

1977

The Birth of The Sharper Image

Richard turned $500 into an unforgettable retail empire by selling what he wanted to buy, which didn’t yet exist. “America’s Gadget Guy” didn’t just ride market trends; he created them.

The first catalog, mailed in 1979, featured the first cordless phone, answering machine, and car radar detector. Some people say that the “yuppie guys of the ’80s didn’t have their own catalog until Richard gave them one.”

1983

Richard Appears on Primetime Television Programs

Joan Rivers, Merv Griffin, Oprah, 60 Minutes, and many more national television and newspaper outlets featured Richard as a special guest. He was instantly famous and heralded for his extraordinary success.

The New Yorker described him as the “very model of a major entrepreneur:” Tanned and muscular, deliberate and tenacious, and infallibly gifted at curating ridiculously niche gadgets.

1985

Hollywood Celebrities Featured in Sharper Image Catalog & Stores

The Sharper Image catalog itself became a cultural icon and bragging rights for Hollywood’s Celebrities, many of whom were featured in the catalog before they were known.

Raving movie fans have spotted The Sharper Image Catalog or Stores in The Firm featuring Tom Cruise When Harry Met Sally, Snow Dogs with Cuba Gooding Jr., and Sex In the City. Many consumers remember The Sharper Image credit card used in A View to Kill with James Bond.

1987

NASDAQ lists The Sharper Image as SHRP

The Sharper Image IPO’d at $10 a share in 1987 with raving fans, and national publicity focused Richard’s extraordinary entrepreneurial creation.

In the 1980s, stock boom, flashy gadgets, and conspicuous consumption were in. “Having the most toys” was the mantra of the new decade. Richard found a way into the hearts of consumers who wanted something new.

1991

Sharper Image Design Brand Launches

An exclusive and secret incubator for “Sharper Image Design” labeled products launched in 1991 in Novato, California.

Later dubbed a “Xerox Park for Gadgetry,” this highly successful product design lab started with just a few engineers and designers. By the mid-nineties, there were two dozen employees responsible for 300 plus patents and 100 new products… from the useful to the exotic.

1996

Steve Jobs & Richard Create New E-Commerce Experience

Wired Magazine wrote that the revolutionary partnership between Richard and Steve Jobs pioneered modern-day eCommerce.

Jobs’ innovations and Thalheimer’s vision changed the retail sector forever by unveiling state-of-the-art digital display options and algorithms for sharperimage.com at Internet World Expo in 1996. When the internet was in its infancy, industry trades quoted Richard suggesting a future link of phones and websites he termed “electronic stores.” Yet again, Richard’s prescient ability proved to be true.

2003

Sharper Image Peaks with 200 Stores & 4,000 employees

With Richard at the helm each year, an initial entrepreneurial launch with $500 worth of copy paper and a $69 watch dramatically grew into a company with $760M in sales.

In 1981, the first Sharper Image store opened in San Francisco, ushering in a new era of experiential retail that was uniquely immersive. The stores had a distinctive aspirational modern decor devised so that shoppers could, as Richard put it, “touch, feel and play” with the merchandise.

2006

Richard Leaves Company and Sells Remaining Shares

In April of 2005, an outside equity fund from New York City announced they had bought 12% of the company’s public stock in open market purchases.

Richard and the new board of directors did not get along, so he gracefully exited, but remained the largest shareholder. Later, he chose to leave, completely, the company he loved, and sell his remaining shares. It was a bittersweet experience, though also a welcome time in many ways.

2019

YouTube Channel Launches - The Legend of The Sharper Image

Over 300 videos can be seen online, such as nostalgic commercials, prime-time TV appearances, interviews, and internal product updates that bring back feel-good memories for customers and employees.

Curious viewers can even see behind-the-scenes business meetings that demonstrate Richard’s intuitive and inspiring leadership skills in action.

2020

Best Selling Book, Sharper Image Success Hits #1 on Amazon

Within a week of its launch, Richard’s new book, Sharper Image Success, hit #1 Best Seller in five categories on Amazon. In this best-selling book, he teaches that originality and relationships are essential attributes of success.

He shares his techniques for connecting with others in negotiation and collaboration. He writes about what he learned in life and his career: how to work with people, how to negotiate, how to sell, and how to make money.

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The Sharper Investor

The Winning Formula to Boost Your Returns

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Sharper Image Success

Business Lessons From America's Gadget Guy

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