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Episode 91

Marc Gingras

CEO of Foko - a private photo sharing app for retail teams.

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Marc Gingras is an angel investor and the CEO of Foko, a private photo sharing app for retail teams. Marc has started and sold several companies over the years, including Tungle, a calendar sharing & scheduling application which was acquired by Research in Motion in 2011. Marc has also been a venture capitalist and angel investor in several companies - including Foko, which he later joined as CEO. Marc joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, advice for entrepreneurs who are looking to raise angel funding, how to build products in the B2B industry, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Marc.
  • Learn more about how Marc got into startups, VC & angel investing.
  • Learn more about how Marc approaches building products in the B2B industry.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Marc Gingras is an angel investor and the CEO of Foko, a private photo sharing app for retail teams.

Marc has started and sold several companies over the years, including Tungle, a calendar sharing & scheduling application which was acquired by Research in Motion in 2011.

Marc has also been a venture capitalist and angel investor in several companies - including Foko, which he later joined as CEO.

Marc joins us to share his story, how he got into startups, advice for entrepreneurs who are looking to raise angel funding, how to build products in the B2B industry, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Marc got into startup.
  • How Marc got into VC and angel investing.
  • The number one reason startups fail.
  • Marc's approach to building products in the B2B space.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:43
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:46
One of the first startups your co-founded was GYTEK. What was GYTEK and what was it like building your first startup?

4:48
So GYTEK ended up being acquired - what was that process like?

5:49
You were then an investment manager with Innovatech Montreal. What was it like being an investor?

9:06
A few years later, you were back at it, launching Tungle. I remember getting a ton of use out of Tungle, but can you tell us a bit more about it and what motivated you to create it?

14:36
Tungle was later acquired by Research In Motion, makers of the Blackberry. What was that process like for you and what was your role within RIM following the acquisition?

17:34
You’re currently the CEO of Foko, a private photo sharing app for retail teams which you previously invested in as an angel. Can you tell us a bit more about Foko and what motivated you to invest and then join as CEO?

19:54
You’ve invested in a several awesome companies besides Foko, including OMsignal & Quizz.io. Since you’ve been on both sides of the table, what advice or tips would you have to share with other entrepreneurs who are looking to raise a seed round?

21:11
How do you approach building “B2B” products like Tungle or Foko? What are some of the major lessons you’ve learnt in this space over the years?

23:22
What are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used lately?

24:19
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

25:02
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Marc Gingras on Twitter
Marc Gingras on the web
Foko on Twitter
Foko on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

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