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Founded in 1986, El Dorado Ventures (EDV) is a leading early-stage venture capital firm that invests in disruptive technologies and business models in emerging and high-growth markets, across a broad range of sectors including software, technology-enabled services, communications and emerging technology.
El Dorado has a two-decade track record of successful early-stage technology investing, including early investments in Compellent Technologies, Cyras Systems, EarthLink, Efficient Networks, Novellus and NuSpeed Internet Systems. Numerous EDV portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired by major technology companies, including AT&T, Ciena, Cisco Systems, nVidia, Siemens and Texas Instruments.
With more than $750 million in capital under management, EDV has a stable group of institutional investors, most of whom have invested with EDV for more than a decade. EDV's limited partners also include a select group of successful entrepreneurs and other technology luminaries, known as EDV's Technology Partner Network, who play an active role as strategic consultants to EDV and its portfolio companies.
El Dorado's team of investment professionals is cycle-tested, accessible and easy to work with. EDVs General Partners get directly involved in investment decisions early in the process, providing entrepreneurs with valuable and rapid feedback as EDV moves toward making its investment decision.
In addition to its investment, EDV offers entrepreneurs hands-on guidance and value-added support including access to senior consultants, educational and networking events, an online Resource Center and an annual CEO Summit.
El Dorado Ventures
Charles is an accomplished venture capital investor who has been with EDV since 1999. His primary focus is on companies with the potential to radically change the capabilities, cost/performance and energy efficiency of datacenters and enterprise computing environments. This includes companies in the systems, storage and cloud computing sectors.
Prior to joining EDV, Charles served as a partner at Piper Jaffray Ventures, where he helped manage the firm’s technology venture capital funds. Charles gained early venture capital experience at Scripps Ventures, where he helped design and implement an early-stage investment strategy for a newly formed venture fund.
Early in his career, Charles was involved with the design and implementation of healthcare IT systems at the Mayo Clinic, including Mayo’s first radiology information system.
In addition to his for-profit boards, Charles serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Camp Chippewa Foundation, and works actively with several other education-based non-profits.
Charles received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Colby College and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
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