Charles is a senior executive with 25 years of strategic, operating, and financial management experience, including leading two venture-backed technology start-ups through $1 billion+ IPOs. Previously, he was an Advisor at Dropbox, a leading cloud-based storage and file sharing company, and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors at Demand Media (NYSE: DMD), a leading digital media company. Prior to that, Charles was President & CFO of Demand Media, managing over 100 personnel and all aspects of accounting, finance, legal, and IT operations. During his five-year tenure, the company tripled annual revenue to over $350 million, returned 5.6x to common shareholders, closed several strategic acquisitions, raised $135 million in private growth equity and, in January 2011, raised $174 million in the first US Internet IPO to achieve a market capitalization of over $1 billion since Google. Previously, he served as President and CFO of United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD), starting as CFO of its predecessor, NetZero. During an eight-year tenure, the company achieved a 100-fold increase in annual revenues to over $500 million, returned 16.8x to common shareholders, and became a member of the Standard & Poor’s 600 Index. A former investment banker involved with the successful execution of over $30 billion of financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Select clients included Time Warner, Disney, Coca-Cola, Harrah's Entertainment, Digital Equipment Corp, Times Mirror and Office Depot. Licensed CPA with extensive public reporting and SEC experience, including successfully appearing before the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA).
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