Charles started experimenting with the internet during the late 90s, a very eventful time in the new internet age. Bill Gates authors his famous memo, The Coming Internet Tidal Wave, Internet Explorer is developed, Amazon is born and Google is launched to compete with Yahoo. The internet is new, slow and the possibilities are endless.
Charles began buying and selling inexpensive items over eBay, before eBay even accepted credit cards for their fees. He purchased small lots of electronics and resold them on eBay while also starting a handful of websites. One of the websites was an auto accessory business that he operated through high school before focusing on expanding his electronics business during college.
After his junior year in college, during the summer of 2005, Charles launched the internet services company, Power Online Solutions, LLC. Power Online’s original focus was to provide online companies with a full suite of online business services. These services would include; domain registration, website design, web hosting, marketing and payment processing. A new online company would be able to start their business by utilizing all of the services provided by Power Online Solutions. Over the next few years, Charles refocused the company to concentrate on payment processing.
Heightened competition in the credit card processing industry during the early 2000s decreased profits for payment processing companies across the board and Charles decided to adjust his scope by specifically targeting high risk companies that were unable to setup processing services with regular banks. The change would prove to be extremely beneficial to Power Online Solutions; transforming the firm into a boutique payment processor that specialized in hard to place merchants. In 2012, Charles relocated the business to Florida.
Years following, he launched Allied Payments Inc with a partner. Allied Payments focused on payment processing for regular, low risk businesses, a highly competitive industry but, with a slight twist. Allied Pay offered software and hardware that not only accepted payments but would also link and integrate with company accounting software, customer databases, point-of-sale systems, online shopping carts and mobile payment devices. Companies were easily able to monitor their whole business through one interface, without having to sign a long-term contract or invest substantial sums of money.