Charlie grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended Washington University in St Louis on an engineering scholarship. After graduation he spent 3 years in the US Coast Guard, then moved to Boston where he received an MSEE from MIT and met his wife, Julie. They moved to the Bay Area in 1975 where he has worked for 6 different tech companies, including almost 10 years at Sun Microsystems. He retired from NetApp, a computer storage company, in 2000 as Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. He’s currently an avid cyclist and spends considerable time tutoring high school math in low income areas and supporting a number of education programs there. He and Julie have two grown sons and a 4 month old granddaughter.