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Fongo is the world's first, truly free mobile phone service.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Telecommunications
  • Location Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded May 2010
  • Employees 20
  • Website

Company Summary

Fongo is the first company to deliver truly free mobile calling and is the fastest growing mobile company in Canada. The free Fongo app gives users a real phone number, unlimited free long distance calling coast-to-coast. Calls are delivered over WiFi or 3G data - eliminating the need for airtime minutes. Our 2012 Canadian pilot signed up over 250,000 subs, and installed on 5% of all iPhones. In 2013, Fongo will be expanding internationally.


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    John Stix
    Chief Marketing Officer - Co Founder

    John Stix is the CMO and Co-Founder of Fongo. John is the master-mind of Fongo’s partnership strategy, having pioneered and proven the unique model for driving subscriber growth while he acted as CMO of Stratford Tel and Onlinetel. There is no one in the industry who knows more about co-branded marketing of telco services than John. John oversees Fongo’s marketing strategy including partner relations.

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    Dave Bullock

    Dave Bullock is the President of Fongo, and arrived with the team as part of the acquisition of LiveHive Systems. Dave co-founded LiveHive Systems in 2005, establishing himself as an industry leader in branded interactive experiences and driving multi-million dollar licensing deals with the likes of Disney, NBC, , MTV Networks, CTV, and other media companies. Dave provides Fongo’s digital thought leadership and drives the operational execution.

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    Bobbi Holte
    Chief Financial Officer

    Bobbi Holte is a Chartered Accountant and serves as Fongo’s CFO. Bobbi is a highly regarded finance professional who has orchestrated many successful financings and transactions, including the $70M sale of DSPfactory in 2004. Bobbi drives the Fongo’s regulatory, legal, and financial strategies.

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    Jody Schnarr
    Chief Executive Officer - Co Founder

    Jody Schnarr is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fongo. Jody comes from a storied background of building (and selling) disruptive telco companies. Prior to founding Fibernetics and Fongo, Jody brought Stratford Tel and Onlinetel to market, and in both cases radically changed the status quo of how telco companies deliver services. Jody drives the strategic vision for Fongo.

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    Jean-Pierre Bhavnani
    Chief Technology Officer

    Jean-Pierre (JP) Bhavnani is the CTO of Fongo, and arrived with the team as part of the acquisition of LiveHive Systems. At LiveHive, Jean-Pierre designed one of the world’s first multi-platform co-viewing systems. Jean-Pierre is a widely respected expert in designing high traffic, mission critical technologies, and is now leading technology planning at Fongo. Jean-Pierre oversees Fongo’s Engineering, IT, and Quality Assurance departments.


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    Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
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Previous Investors

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    Tech Capital Partners
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    Canadian Angels