Charlie Crystle

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Charlie Crystle
Residence Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Known for Founder of Chili!Soft

Charlie Crystle is a Pennsylvania businessman and philanthropist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

He founded the software company Chili!Soft in 1996 and raised startup capital from venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetsen of Palo Alto, CA.[1] Chili!Soft was purchased by Cobalt Networks for $70 million when Crystle was 32 years old.[2] He used the proceeds to fund several non-profit organizations and projects.[2] The software is now incorporated into Sun Microsystems's Sun Java System Web Server.[3] He has been described as a "software wunderkind."[4]

He entered the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in an attempt to unseat Arlen Specter.[5] Interest in his candidacy the race was stoked when he told the Associated Press that he would consider spending $1 million of his own money on the race.[6] He planned to run as a "business consultant" and "tech-savvy visionary."[7]

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