Our Mission is to bring teams and the gig economy better together with a communication & networking platform that is more flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use for collaborations.
Over the last few years, father and son entrepreneurs, William and Michael Cook came together to address a problem in project collaborations. Both had experience in running major projects and teams in both the creative and technical fields and saw a need for something better. Remote team software and temporary project collaboration lacked the flexibility and affordability to better integrate with the evolving gig economy.
A majority of Small and Medium Sized businesses still do not use remote collaboration solutions, because they are too expensive and require a learning curve to get teams or clients going, which make it difficult to onboard people for temporary or long-term projects. Most companies that use Team software solutions are still relying on email and texting apps for projects involving external resources. Michael and William knew there had to be a better way and decided to build a more flexible collaboration infrastructure that is cost effective and quick for temporary projects and temporary teams.
Since William and his son Michael had both been independently running their own businesses, they agreed they wanted to create something easier and better. Together, they began exploring the problem more deeply. Both were experts in their respective fields, from William’s technical and innovative strategies to Michael’s creative and brand strategies, they knew they could work and develop the solution together.
William Cook graduated from West Point and served as a young US Army officer. Since then, he has led and collaborated on several multi-billion-dollar engineering projects and smaller ones, leading teams of all kinds, some with hundreds of engineers, and also developed his own engineering firm, Intelligent Systems Research, Inc. William has consistently made building large software ‘systems that think’ a reality.
Michael Cook, a well-known designer, brand strategist, and entrepreneur, is the Chief Operating Officer of Tempi, and has been a Creative Director and Brand Strategist Consultant for over 10 years. Michael obtained his master’s degree in media design and advertising with an emphasis in strategy and brand development. Michael loves to illustrate and design, lead creative projects, and help businesses develop strong and unique branding and marketing strategies to help their businesses grow. Michael has been consulting as a small business/freelance for the past 10 years and has worked with many different brands to grow their identity and generate sales.
William and Michael set out to recruit top-notch talent and together have created something very special in Tempi, focused on creating a better future for collaborations. “The future of team collaboration is all about bringing more flexibility and affordability to team and project collaborations. There is a lot of room to grow and do exciting things that will help teams and the gig economy work better together.” William Cook, CEO, Tempi, Inc.
“The future of team collaboration is all about bringing more flexibility and affordability to team and project collaborations. There is a lot of room to grow and do exciting things that will help teams and the gig economy work better together.” William Cook, CEO, Tempi, Inc.
William Cook graduated from the US Military Academy. Following graduation, as a US Army officer, he designed air defense operations and plans and software parameters for the US Army and NATO for the new Patriot missile system (the nation’s first software-driven weapon system). William then left the Army and became the manager of Patriot Command & Control development at Raytheon in Massachusetts, which included his instrumental role in the deployment of Patriot’s missile defense capabilities used in Desert Storm. William then designed and led the development of the THAAD Missile Defense Battle Management system as Lead Engineer at Litton in southern California, leading over 230 engineers to develop the new software system that fights the entire battle automatically with its artificial intelligence. William and his team invented new software design methods that affect and are used in software engineering to this day. At Litton, William was the youngest recipient in history of Litton’s highest lifetime achievement award for Technical Excellence and Leadership at 34 and was later asked to be VP of Engineering at 38. Northrop Grumman acquired Litton for $5 Billion two years later.
After the successful development of THAAD, William left Litton to found his own engineering firm, Intelligent Systems Research, Inc. where he immediately began by designing an extensive functional architecture for ordering and fulfillment in the new Starbelly.com company in Chicago during the height of the Dot.com boom – the first of the Group On founders’ earlier companies, helping them sell Starbelly.com in January 2000, only four months after William’s initial design work, for $240M to Halo, Inc., with William’s fulfillment system design cited by Halo executives as a key reason for the sale. Following the starbelly.com success, William grew his engineering firm to assist Lockheed Martin in architecting their MEADS missile defense system and the Army in creating and designing their new Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Management System (IBCS), now under development by a team led by Northrop Grumman.
William’s leadership, design work and sales efforts have been instrumental in Billions in sales revenues for an entire group of aerospace and commercial companies over the past 30 years, and created some of the most sophisticated systems in the world, with built-in artificial intelligence and unparalleled automation.