James “Jim” Cook

Jim Cook is the Senior Partner who leads Rulon & White’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles practice. He brings in-depth knowledge and experience in the management of technology, the technology of mobility, and the actualization of high technology ventures.

Jim began his professional career as a Research Engineer at MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he designed and implemented the Navy’s DSRV/DSSV submarine’s software operating system. Jim also implemented the Apollo program’s simulator’s Guidance and Navigation computer’s operating system.

After MIT, Jim headed Exxon’s venture in speech recognition, later known as Verbex, which the IEEE heralded as the best in the world (in Spectrum’s 9/1981 issue). Subsequently, he became Corporate VP/Technology of a high technology Fortune 500 Company. He was also VP/Engineering for the first Commercial Autonomous Robot venture (it inspired the movie, RoboCop). Next, he consulted on the management of technology for MIT’s legendary professor, Ed Roberts, to senior executives at: AT&T (Bell Labs), Dun & Bradstreet, DuPont, Motorola (on Venture Capital), including Fiat (in Turin). Until just recently, he has been consulting to an Electric Vehicle OEM and a couple of Artificial Intelligence ventures.

Jim graduated with a B.S. of Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and began studying for a M.S. of Mathematics from MIT. He has taught MBA’s courses in Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Finance at the University of California, San Diego, and the Melbourne (Australia) Business School. jcook@rulonwhite.com