Our Vision

TextMe Inc was created in March 2011 with a single vision and single measure for success.
The vision is to empower anybody to turn any connected device into a full-blown, fully featured communication device offering free IM, text messaging, voice and video calling.
While doing so, TextMe ultimate measure for success is to achieve the highest quality and thus rival and surpass classical communication alternatives.

In order to deliver on this vision, TextMe Inc gathered a group of enthusiastic engineers, with brilliant development skills in web and mobile technologies, joined by highly experienced entrepreneurs with in depth technical and commercial expertise in mobile and telecommunications and, last but not least, with solid financial skills enabling sound, though fast growing, self funded development of the company.

The Team

Christophe Bach, Co-Founder and Board Member
Christophe is a serial entrepreneur with strong expertise in the telecommunications and internet segments. Prior to co-founding TextMe, he co-founded and managed multiple successful companies ISDnet, Ipergy and B3G which all grew successfully and were acquired by major European telecom operators.

Christophe started his career in San Francisco, working for internet pioneer Softway. Leveraging his multi cultural background, he started, at age 24, ISDnet which was one of the earliest Internet Service Providers in continental Europe. In 1999 he co-founded Ipergy, a prominent pan-european IP Backbone and co-location provider. Both companies were acquired by Cable & Wireless in 2000. In 2001 Christophe co-founded B3G Telecom which became a leading VOIP and IP Centrex provider and was acquired by Numericable, a leading French Carrier in 2009.

Frédéric Benqué - Co-Founder and Board Member
Frederic is a seasoned investor with solid financial and operational background, bringing over 15 years of experience in various finance and investment roles. He expertise gained him the prestigious rising star in Finance by Financial News in 2006. He provides advice on all business and financial management aspects of the TextMe business.

Frederic started his career at Rothschild, leading European investment bank, where he held a variety of roles and rose to becoming a Partner. During that time, he worked on many transactions, totaling over €100bn in value. After leaving investment banking in 2009, Frédéric launched a US based VC fund focussing on innovative technologies applied to energy.

Edouard Munck, Co-Founder and VP of Engineering
Edouard has over 10 years of software development experience, starting with Mac OSX applications as early as 2002. He started developing iPhone applications as soon as the iOS SDK was made available in 2008. Several of his applications were ranked as top free and paying applications in the iTunes AppStore.

Prior to TextMe, Edouard was a Software Architect at Micro Application where he managed engineering teams to design and deliver a variety of mobile applications for iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms.

Grégory Kokanosky, Co-Founder and CTO
Grégory has over 10 years of software development focused on web and mobile applications, having a dual passion for web scale architectures as well as great user experiences. He has previously built a web scale professional applications used by hundreds of thousands of users across large enterprise customers.

Prior to TextMe, Grégory was lead software architect at OpenTrust, building solutions for corporate security based on tokens and smart cards. He started his career building Cryptonit, a standard-based encryption and signature software.

Julien Decot, VP Business Development and Monetization
Julien is a veteran Internet executive with more than 10 years experience in Silicon Valley, in multiple senior roles in large consumer internet companies, in strategy and business development role.

Julien started his career at General Electric, where he completed GE's FInancial Management Program. He joined Amazon.com in 2000 to support the launch of both Amazon France and Amazon Canada. in 2006, he joined eBay in the Corporate Strategy Group, where he was involved in multiple partnerships and M&A activities. He joined Skype in 2007 where he built the team in charge of Strategy, Business Development and Corporate Development. In his latest role at Skype, he managed the strategic partnership between Skype and Facebook. Julien holds a BA in Finance from ESCP-EAP and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley.

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