At 19 Charlie had organised the buyout of the Music Bank from Hilton Sounds Plc, before going on to study computer sciences at Imperial College. With backing from Esther Dyson, Hermann Hauser and Terry Matthews, Charlie started Orchestream which automated management of QoS, security and routing on Next Generation IP MPLS networks. By 24 Charlie raised over Â£50m in VC funding, and floated on the LSE & Nasdaq with a market cap peaking at Â£1.5bn.
Charlie founded Rightster in September 2010 with the mission of building the worldâ€™s largest b2b content marketplace. The idea originated from the pioneering work his previous company t5m did in producing original brand-funded video content, after 50 t5m productions, it became clear with the massive fragmentation in online content and advertising the real need was for efficiency.
Other ventures include: angel investment network iGabriel.net (OnRelay, Open Business Exchange, Sourceree, Pi-Capital), Angelic Record with Toby Smith (The Hoosiers), Nexagent which pioneered Solution Delivery and Process Automation Software for IT outsourcers, and t5m which produced and distributed online TV shows including the acclaimed Trinny and Susannah - What They Did Next.