Charles Haythornthwaite, Ph.D. (Charlie)

Senior Partner

Charlie joined Chrysalix in 2008. He has a passion for anticipating how emerging technology can solve problems that matter and devising marketing strategy to successfully establish new startups. At Chrysalix, Charlie has led investments in and sat on the boards of GaN Systems, MineSense, Glasspoint and Portable PBB. He currently sits on the boards of VERAI, Novamera, Luffy and Q5D. Charlie has a strong technology, sales and marketing background with a special interest in helping portfolio companies with go to market challenges and complex sales. Prior to joining Chrysalix, he helped found Soliant Energy, a solar energy startup based in California developing new PV modules with leading energy density, where he held the role of VP Business Development and Product Marketing. Charlie has a PhD in optoelectronics and materials science from the University of Southampton. He also has an MBA from Berkeley where he was a Haas Venture Capital Fellow and a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a highly competitive scholarship from the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.