About us

Technology should be defined by people, not the other way around

We’re a team of seven people based out of Berlin, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

We believe there’s a different way to build companies and products. We want to keep it simple: deliver a product and charge for it.

Tempo founders photograph, with Sebastian Stockmarr, Henrique Ferreira & Onno Schwanen
Left to right: Sebastian Stockmarr, Henrique Ferreira & Onno Schwanen

Philosophy

A product and business model aligned with its users

Most of our issues with email stem from poor product decisions. From people who don't know any better; from people who don't care; but also from people whose incentives are fundamentally misaligned with the goal of their users.

We are used to email clients being free. This is great in many ways, but it also reminds us that, as the saying goes, “when we are not paying for a product, we are the product”. Let’s face it: any free email client that has required substantial monetary investment is either selling you or waiting to sell itself. Because that’s another issue with beautiful, carefully crafted email clients (and there have been quite a few): they all end up being bought and shut down.

With Tempo, we want to take a different path. We will be successful if we can create a product that a sufficiently large group of people wants to pay for. We are inspired in this attempt by stories like the one of Posthaven and their refreshingly honest tagline: “You pay. We keep the lights on”.

We are committed to keeping it that way: a very small team working efficiently, prioritising ruthlessly and under no other incentive than building the best possible product for its users.

If you like what we are doing, and if we are providing value to you, you will find a way to part with 15 of your hard earned dollars. If you don't, we'll know that we haven't been up to the task.

It is as simple as that.

Stefano Zorzi
Mar 7th 2019

Team

Onno Schwanen
Co-founder
Product & Front-end Development
Sebastian Stockmarr
Co-founder
Product & Design
Henrique Ferreira
Co-founder
Architecture & Backend Development
Jonathan Baker
Brand & Community Manager
Leo Bernard
Developer
Nicolas Gaborit
Developer
Stefano Zorzi
Co-founder
Business Development

For support and miscellaneous inquiries reach us at contact@yourtempo.co

Press

Feel free to reach out to Jonathan via jonathan@yourtempo.co if you have any questions.

Get the press package – it contains:

  • Logo & app icon
  • Desktop app screenshots
  • Pictures of a guy using Tempo and a cat on top of a late ’12 Macbook Air running Tempo.
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Sponsors

We have big aspirations for Tempo, but of course, this won't be sustainable under our current payment model of charging nothing. We also know that the bar for an email client is super high and that the clearest sign of us getting it right is $$$.

So, if you feel that we're on to something and want to support us in our development and beyond, we hope that you'll consider becoming one of our sponsors with a monthly payment of $15.

Tomaž Štolfa
Mike Cutler
Simon Sylvest
Aske Dørge
Scott Mitchell
Torben Larsen
Klaus Schwarzenberger
Larry Loannidis
Erc Vider
Eva Pavlikova
Casper Lourens
Aske Hansen
Jakub Opršal
Jürgen Hassler
Anton Häggman Munsterhjelm
Michael Owusu
Adrian Spiegelt
John Ellison
Michael Jones
Vincent Kavanagh
John Henry Müller
Ignacy Kasperowicz
Anthony Yam

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship just reach out to Jonathan via jonathan@yourtempo.co.

Credits

Jay Keeree
Illustration
Denis Moulin
Design & Iconography
Rasmus Andersson
Typeface, Inter
Pieter van Rosmalen

Mike Abbink

Bold Monday
Typeface, IBM Plex