Willis Johnson, the founder and chairman of Copart, Inc. — the world’s largest online auto salvage auction business — today unveiled a new technology company — Takl, Inc. The new venture is on the verge of launching a mobile platform that makes it easy to connect providers and users on-demand for household chores and tasks with a preset price and real time price bidding.
Johnson, 68, a seasoned start-up veteran, was named a regional Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year in 2004 and his company, Copart (CPRT), was the top rated company in Deloitte’s Exceptional Company List — Top 100 — in January 2015. His “rags to riches” story took him from owning one auto scrap yard to heading up a multi-billion dollar global business and has been published in his autobiography “Junk to Gold.”
Under Johnson’s leadership, Copart revolutionized the auto auction industry through the development of an Internet auto auction platform that connects buyers and sellers in real time bidding. The Takl platform will connect home service providers of all kinds to other people needing on-demand help with small chores and tasks. By accessing the on-demand Takl app, users can connect directly with providers through the company’s proprietary technology to request pre-defined chores with preset prices and real time bidding.
The business expects to go live with its first version in the greater Nashville area in the early summer and will then expand regionally on a national level in the late fall. The company plans on putting 1,500 people to work in the Nashville area as independent, self-employed chore and task providers utilizing the Takl platform. Prospective providers can get more information and sign up online at takl.com.
“With Takl, we are offering an exciting game-changing opportunity for others to join in the new peer to peer economy,” said Johnson, CEO and Chairman of Takl. “By using their skills, people can earn additional income while helping other users get some simple chores done for a reasonable price.”
In addition to Willis Johnson, local businessman and Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson, Chairman of the Commerce and Labor Committee, has also joined the management team. Fellow co-founders include Greg McCollum of Franklin, who has over 30 years of experience as a general contractor in the Nashville area, and Steven Cohan, who teamed up with Johnson 25 years ago in the early days of Copart and currently serves on Copart’s board of directors.