Charlie studied at Bedales School, then worked at Hilton Sound plc and Real World Studios as an assistant engineer and helped buyout Music Bank from Hilton aged 18. In 1994 he went to Imperial College to study computer science, leaving after a year to start Orchestream. After being turned down by 100 investors, he won backing from Esther Dyson, Hermann Hauser & Terry Matthews. Aged 23 he had raised £30m & built a 100 man software company that automated management of IP networks for telecos: BT, Vodafone, Singtel & BellSouth.
Orchestream was floated on the LSE & Nasdaq in June 2000 with a market cap of £1bn, and is now owned by Oracle.
In 2001 he started angel network iGabriel with Ryan Prince and Mark Woodall, now Pi-Capital, and in 2001 he founded Nexagent which pioneered activation of application SLAs from hosting centres across multiple carrier VPN services. EDS bought the company in 2008.In 2010 he founded Rightster whose software and services make it simple for video rights holders to distribute and grow audiences for their video on a licensed, ad-funded, subscription, pay per view or paid placement basis. 5 years later it had distributed to over 10,000 publishers and YouTube Multi Channel Network (MCN) was over 3,000 channels, featured in the highest ranks of ComScore and delivered over £20m in revenue.
He has since gone on to found CognitionX alongside Tabitha GoldStaub.