GATINEAU, QC--(Marketwired - Sep 30, 2014) - Foko, the premiere photo sharing and messaging service for the enterprise, announced today that Marc Gingras has joined as its new Chief Executive Officer. Eric Sauve, Foko's co-founder, will be taking on the role of Vice President of Product. Foko also announced today that it has secured $450,000 in seed funding from a number of social, technology and venture investment industry veterans.

Mr. Gingras is a serial entrepreneur having held key leadership roles in three early-stage companies that were purchased or went public, in the last decade. Most recently, his social-calendar company, which he founded and led as CEO, was acquired by BlackBerry in 2011. At BlackBerry he was given responsibility for redesigning the messaging, calendar, contacts and notes applications for BB10. He was the driving force for one of its most well received features the "Hub." He resigned from Blackberry in mid-2013.

Mr. Gingras secured the successful angel round for Foko. Its angel investors include:

  • Ellen Levy - Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, Advisory Board Member for Newsie, ClearSlide and RelateIQ, formerly a SVP at LinkedIn
  • Pierre Donaldson - Chairman and CEO of Aheeva Technology, formerly a Partner of JLA ventures
  • Alex Karakozoff - Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
  • Horacio Falcao - Professor of Decision Sciences, INSEAD
  • Stephane Marceau - CEO of OMSignal
  • Frederic Boulanger - CEO of Macadamian

"There is nothing more powerful than the simplicity of sharing a photo. It can be taken and shared with one tap. A photo conveys powerful messages and strong emotions. It can stimulate conversation and engagement -- breaking down all geographic, language and technical barriers," said Marc Gingras, CEO of Foko Inc. "Foko brings this powerful simplicity to any enterprise, in a private environment where all employees, independent of their function or responsibility, get engaged a corporate social community. I look forward to working with the Foko team and our enterprise customers to expand and improve the quality of their internal communications."

"We are pleased to have a seasoned entrepreneur like Marc lead Foko as we expand and grow," said Eric Sauve, Co-Founder and VP of Product at Foko, Inc. "He shares our passion for creating simple services that break down communication barriers in the Enterprise."

About Foko
Foko ( is the market and technology leader in Enterprise Photo Sharing and Messaging. By combining the simplicity of one tap photo sharing and the immediacy of instant messages, Foko is revolutionizing the way companies engage employees. Co-workers privately collaborate around powerful images - building a powerful corporate social community that transcends language, geographic and technical barriers. Foko is a well-funded, privately held company. To learn more about Foko and how leading companies are using its ground breaking mobile service, visit

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