|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. Chili!Soft was purchased by Cobalt Networks for $70 million when Crystle was 32 years old. He used the proceeds to fund several non-profit organizations and projects. The software is now incorporated into Sun Microsystems's Sun Java System Web Server. He has been described as a "software wunderkind."
He entered the 2004 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate in an attempt to unseat Arlen Specter. 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. He planned to run as a "business consultant" and "tech-savvy visionary."
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- "Charlie Crystle and the long climb back. The life of a software wunderkind: Seeing a niche, building the product. And then comes the hard part.". Intelligencer Journal. March 20, 2005.
- Neri, Al (August 2003). "District historically Republican". The Insider.
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- Neri, Al (July 2003). "Democrat Hoeffel waiting in the wings". The Insider.
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