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

We’re a team of eight people based out of Berlin, Copenhagen, Toulouse, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Linz & London.

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

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.

Stefano Zorzi
Mar 7th 2019

Team

Onno Schwanen
Co-founder
Product & Front-end
Henrique Ferreira
Co-founder
Architecture & Back-end
Leo Bernard
Developer
Nicolas Gaborit
Developer
Sebastian Stockmarr
Co-founder
Product & Design
Casper Lourens
Product Designer
Alexander Sandberg
Developer
Humza Bhatti
Growth hacker

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

Press

Feel free to reach out to Onno via onno@yourtempo.co if you have any questions.

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  • Logo & app icon
  • Desktop app screenshots
  • Shots of the team taken by a drone (Skynet), and a cat on top of a late ’12 Macbook Air running Tempo.
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Sponsors

A huge thank you goes out to all the Sponsors that financially supported us while Tempo was in Beta, even though the app was available for free. Thank you for your support, feedback, and your vote of confidence in us! Infinite kudos go out to the following people:

Tomaž Štolfa
Mike Cutler
Aske Dørge
Scott Mitchell
Torben Larsen
Klaus Schwarzenberger
Larry Ioannidis
Eva Pavlikova
Jakub Opršal
Anton Häggman Munsterhjelm
Michael Owusu
John Ellison
Michael Jones
Vincent Kavanagh
John Henry Müller
Ignacy Kasperowicz
Anthony Yam
Mo Niknafs
David O'Brien
Nick Trusty
Basil Philipp
Gabriel Enamorado
Paul Hoffmann
Rikard Eide
Ahmed Farrakha
Kody Dahl
Oberon Lai
Adrian Bordinc
Nick Gurney
Eldon Yoder
Adam Kolmačka

Credits

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

Mike Abbink

Bold Monday
Typeface, IBM Plex