Jim Cook

        Technologist, Entrepreneur, Sinophile

After getting a BS of Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Jim went to MIT as a Research Engineer in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. Twenty-five years later he was back at MIT doing Management of Technology consulting for the Sloan School's Associate Dean, Ed Roberts. Between those career bookends, Jim was intensely involved in high technology as an entrepreneur, executive, and consultant. The roughly chronological highlights of Jim's career are:

A biographical interview (30 minutes) by Glenn O'Kray, Chairman of the Dearborn (Michigan) Historical Commission.

At UM/Ann Arbor: Seminar on Contemporary and Rural China and China Business Challenge Awards (as keynote).

At Wayne State Confucius Institute spoke on Appreciating Mao's Genius and A New China Market in the Making?

Representing China, spoke on Entrepreneurship in China at the Kauffman Foundation's 2008 Global Symposium.

Chaired the Beijing conference on "Bridging the Cultural Gap - Key to Success".

Delivered a series of lectures at the Financial Policy Center of People's University.

Started an internet portal company in Beijing focused on Japanese Stock markets.

Consulted to Motorola's chairman on re-organizing their corporate venture capital.

Consulted to AT&T Bell Labs' SVP on managing their Intellectual Property talent.

Consulted to Fiat and Rolls-Royce Aero on restructuring for rapid development.

Consulted to DuPont on a Step Change reduction in nylon production interruptions.

Taught MBAs Finance, Project Mgmt., Economics of Manufacturing (@UCSD), Adv. Mfg., & Entrepreneurship.

Attributed in Odyssey by Apple's Sculley as "inspiring" Sculley's distinctions between management styles.

As VP of Engineering at Denning Mobile Robotics (NASDAQ:GARD) improved the robot's reliability 100-fold.

Introduced CAD/CAM software to China (1985); on CCTV News being greeted by Jiang ZeMin at Great Hall.

Was Corporate VP of Technology at Computervision, a Fortune 500 and world's largest CAD/CAM company.

Presided over a venture, Unidata Systems, that went from his kitchen table to NASDAQ National Listing in 4 years.

Was president/founder of Exxon Enterprises' venture, Verbex, that originated Siri's speech recognition technology.

As a Staff Mathematician at Sanders Associates, led the programming of a massively parallel top secret computer.

Began as a Research Engineer at MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Apollo era.

Currently, Jim is writing a book (The Life Cycle of Revolutions), where he prescribes the structure and sequence of four (fractal) subcultures that every organization, in order to facilitate progress, must foster: visionary, entrepreneurial, institutional, and adaptive. These should be fluid subcultures that are layered just above the constant and solid shared values and strategy, and are applied and occur in that sequence according to the current stage of progress. A chapter, in English and Chinese, is at: http://cha4mot.com/entrepreneur

Jim's wife, Julie, is Ford Motor Company's Global Lead in Automatic Transmission Procurement. She has an MBA from Thunderbird and a Mechanical Engineering BME from Beijing University of Chemical Technology. 

Contact:  Email: jim.cook@cha4mot.com       Home/office: 313 271 2900         Cell: +1 646 763 7501