Charles has been involved with startups, at various stages of growth, for over 15 years. He is currently a Managing Partner at Lumeira Holdings, an angel fund focusing on early stage startups. He was also a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based global venture capital firm. Charles’ investments include Socialize (acquired by ShareThis), S.two Corp., CSRware, Redshift Networks and Locomatix. Prior to Lumeira, Charles was the Director of Systems Engineering at Stoke, a KPCB and Sequoia Capital-funded Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) company. At Stoke, he was involved from the conceptual, development and qualification stages of the company’s first commercial product, the SSX-3000, to revenue generation. Charles joined Stoke from Juniper Networks, where he was a member of the engineering team for the company’s first product, the M40 Internet Router. At Juniper, Charles held various key technical and senior management responsibilities, including being an original member of the company’s New Products Initiative (NPI) program, which oversaw all internally-developed products from the business case through the end-of-life cycles. He was also the Systems Engineering lead for all Physical Interface Cards supported on the Juniper J (Branch), M (Access), T (Core) and the MX (Ethernet Switch) product lines. Charles started his career at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York.
Charles holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Software Engineering from Northeastern University, and he is a graduate of Cornell University’s Executive Program.