Bio

Bio

Marc is a Canadian entrepreneur and angel investor. He is CEO of Foko – a visual communication platform that allows co-workers to share ideas and events through photos. He sold his previous venture, Tungle.me to BlackBerry. He is Chairman of Sopar, a non-for-profit focused on helping the poor in India. He also teaches a course in Entrepreneurship at the Telfer School of Business.

Having been involved with several successful startups as a founder, senior executive, board member and investor, Marc has learned the value of (1) Thinking Clearly, (2) being surrounded by real people and (3) giving back – these core values resonate each time he speaks to friends, entrepreneurs, students or audiences of varying sizes.

Marc has an MBA from INSEAD, a MASc in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Startups

Tungle

Acquired by BlackBerry in 2011

Marc founded Tungle in 2006. As Founder and CEO, Marc led Tungle to become the leading scheduling service for busy professionals. Tungle raised a total $6.5M in venture funding and the company was acquired by BlackBerry in 2011.

Lessons learned:

  1. It’s more important who you work with than what you work on. The Tungle team rocked.
  2. Focus, focus, focus. It’s about deciding what not to do, than what to do.
  3. Luck plays a big role in success – but when you get a lucky break, take advantage of it.

Nimcat Networks

Acquired by Avaya in 2005

Marc first got involved with the Nimcat team as a venture investor in 2003 and eventually joined the firm as the VP of Product Management, Business Development and Marketing. Nimcat built a peer-to-peer VOIP system for small businesses. 18 months later, Avaya acquired the company.

Lessons learned:

  1. Don’t ever compromise your integrity
  2. All doors can be opened. You just need perseverance and drive.
  3. Alignment is key to success

Gytek

Acquired by Entrade in 1999

After graduating from his Masters at the University of Waterloo, Marc co-founded Gytek in 1998. Gytek built e-commerce websites. Entrade [NYSE] acquired the company in 1999.

Lessons learned:

  1. If it looks too good to be true, it’s probably because it is.
  2. Ego serves no purpose.
  3. Culture is a force to be reckoned with.