Over 25 years as a lawyer advising startups, I’ve formed hundreds of companies, guiding many through multiple rounds of financing, and significant personnel and revenue growth, as well as IPO and sale transactions. The most rewarding part of this work is building trusted advisor relationships with founders. I’ve learned that great companies are created by values-driven leaders who successfully respond to the inevitable challenges. Success requires consistent effort over a long period of time by a group of people committed to a shared vision and each other.

I believe each of us has a “gift” and mine insight – the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding about a person or thing. This gift, together with my long-term startup company experience, allows me to analyze and understand complex and dynamic situations, then explain them in a clear and simple manner. I use this gift to help people.


“Charlie has been one of my most important advisors since I founded Tatango, 14 years ago. He is trusted counsel, who gives me honest, direct advice, delivered in a down to earth style. Charlie’s inquisitive and a great connector of ideas and people, which adds value to my business.”

Derek Johnson, Founder and CEO, Tatango

“Charlie is not only an experienced legal counsel, but a great strategic thinker, advisor, and partner. I’ve worked with him on several companies because he truly stands out from the crowd by explaining what matters to my business, and ultimately what we should do to drive the company forward. I am fortunate to have Charlie as an advisor and investor.”

Martin Zych, Founder and CEO, Jirav

“I started working with Charlie Carter four years ago, when Parsyl was founded.  Charlie is our legal counsel, an investor in Parsyl and one of my most trusted advisors.  As a first time founder and CEO, I’ve consistently relied on Charlie’s experience and judgment. He’s introduced Parsyl to several of its key personnel. Charlie is a partner in the truest sense of the word.”

Ben Hubbard, Co-founder and CEO, Parsyl


March 3, 2023

The VC’s Customer

Tabby Kinder recently wrote an article for the Financial Times discussing Sequoia Capital’s decision to “walk away” from its investment in Citizen, the crime-tracking app that lets its users live-stream crimes in progress. The article does a good job of explaining that Sequoia led the Citizen Series A financing over 6 years ago, but declined […]

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