Rob Charles has demonstrated excellence as an entrepreneur for over 25 years and a sophisticated investor for over 17 years, in the following industries: technology, entertainment, real estate, Oil & Gas, commodities, heavy equipment, art, and M&A. He has the vision of finding niches early on, building top-notch teams, penetrating international markets and creating cash flow businesses. His expertise is finding a niche, creating the concept, and building the company to a $25M to $50M market capitalization. Traditionally, he invests his own capital into his businesses, proving the concept before raising subsequent funding. His expertise is exhibited in a long track record of always executing.
In 1996, during the tech bubble, Rob Charles Wells Co-Founded his first tech startup and the 1st online art gallery, Universal Artz. After running the company for over 2 ½ years, he moved to New York and became a desired 1st hire for tech companies, leading sales and marketing efforts for several startups, such as Janus and icims.com. In 2001, after the tech bubble burst, he founded a consulting company, DMG, providing enterprise solutions for document process management and content management. From 2003 to 2006, as Founder/CEO he spearheaded international projects for Global Light Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, building schools in India and Africa for underprivileged children. Concurrently, he was investing in real estate from 2004 to 2010. From 2006 to 2009, he was also an executive life coach for select entrepreneurs and investors. He was considerably early in the medical cannabis boom, investing in a legally compliant dispensary in 2003. He began investing in Oil & Gas starting in 2009 and raised capital from Asian investors for O&G projects, ranging from 10 to 50 wells per project.
After the subprime crisis in 2008, and economic boom in Asia, he moved to Taiwan in 2009, and founded a Commodities Trading Company, Transcend Ventures LTD. Through his extensive international network, he successfully raised money for Transcend, penetrating both the African and China markets. In 2010, to fulfill the high demand for mining equipment in West Africa, he founded and ran a heavy equipment company in Guana, West Africa, Titan Equipco. Fluent in Mandarin, Rob Charles became a pivotal connector and liason between Western and Asian companies. In 2014, as a Co-Founder in an M&A firm, he returned to New York City. Shortly thereafter he launched Goldfingr, a private members-only investor network and social club, using mobile app technology. Over the last 5 years, as Founder/CEO, Rob Charles has been spearheading all of the business and product development, along with sales and marketing efforts for Goldfingr – a members-only global investment club, in a web & mobile app.
In addition, he helps companies raise money and is also on the advisory board of multiple companies. Rob Charles has demonstrated excellence throughout his career as an athlete as well. He was a professional soccer player starting at age 18 in Bonn, West Germany. Later in life, Thai boxing became Rob’s passion. By 2006, while running multiple companies and investing, he won the North American WKA Light MiddleWeight Championship, and was ranked #2 in the world after fighting in the WKA World Championship in Spain.
Rob Charles started the Goldfingr investment club as the culmination of his lifelong experience investing in many industries from technology to real estate to commodities, connecting with the power players in each sector along the way.