Executive Publisher, JARVIZ Project
Charles Wu is a serial entrepreneur and professional investor who has successfully identified and exploited disruptive asymmetric growth industries for the past 20 years. He currently serves as the Executive Publisher of the J.A.R.V.I.Z. Project, Chief Revenue Officer of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, the 2018 Cannabis Industry Organization of the Year and Chief Education Officer of Black Blockchain Investing, a cryptocurrency and blockchain investing community of over 50,000 members.
Charles became involved in “the Green Rush” in 2010 when he invested in PodPonics, a vertical farming start-up that built indoor leafy green production facilities in Atlanta, GA, Dubai and Oman. He joined PodPonics in 2015 as a “High Tech Farmer” and Chief Revenue Officer. From 2015 to 2017, he expanded PodPonics strategy to include the Cannabis industry and helped launch TriGrow Systems, a provider of precision cultivation solutions for the regulated cannabis industry.
Charles became exposed to Cryptocurrencies in 2014 when Paycoin, one of the first ICO scams, attempted to create a strategic integration partnership with IPPay, an electronic payments processor that Charles was running at the time. Although that deal ended up as expensive education for Charles, it marked the start of Charles’ journey into cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
In 2017, while seeking to solve the issue of financial literacy and inclusion for the non-institutional investor, Charles and Dr. Boyce Watkins, a leading financial influencer, created the alternative investing education and investment research platform now known as the J.A.R.V.I.Z. Project.
Charles has raised over $70 million across a variety of industry verticals. He has started two different companies that have been recognized in the INC 500/5000. Charles holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.