In 1995, AOL recruited him to be Senior Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of AOL Studios (1995-1999). Fink was President of American Greetings Interactive and Blue Mountain (2000-2004). His other experience includes exits from several startups and running the New York Musical Festival.
Fink's consulting clients include both tech giants and start ups trying to find their place in the rapidly evolving metaverse ecosystem.
Charlie Fink covers VR & AR for Forbes and teaches XR at Chapman University's Dodge Film School in Orange, CA. He is the author of Remote Collaboration, Virtual Conferences, The Future of Work (2020) and the AR-enabled books, Convergence, or How The World Will Be Painted With Data (2019), and Charlie Fink's Metaverse, An AR Enabled Guide to VR & AR (2017). One reads an AR book with a smartphone in their hand, where images, animation and video can literally pop out of the pages. His resume features the following experience.
Founder/CEO, Charlie Company, LLC (2004-2014) A digital marketing agency specializing in integrated lifestyle marketing campaigns for global brands, startups, and non-profits leveraging SEM, SEO, social, apps, content creation, viral, guerrilla and experiential channels; created & launched "The Other 98%" which now has 5M Facebook followers (for client Moveon.org).
President, American Greetings Interactive (2000-2004) drove transformation of e-card category from free to paid through aggressive consolidation strategy, scaling the first successful freemium model on the web to 4M+ paying monthly subscribers
Founder/CEO, eAgents (1999-2000) Founded venture-backed e-news publisher, subsequently sold to American Greetings Interactive
SVP, Chief Creative Officer, AOL Studios (1995-1999) Created some of the most successful web brands of the early Internet, including Motley Fool, Love@AOL (sold to Match.com), Real Fans Sports Network (sold to ESPN), Electra (sold to Oxygen Media), and others
Chief Operating Officer, Virtual World Entertainment (Disney-owned VR pioneer) (1992-1995) Developed Battletech Universe, the first VR cockpit simulator, opening and operating 12+ gaming venues, subsequently sold to Microsoft
VP, Creative Development and Production, Walt Disney Pictures (1985-1992) Originated concept and supervised development of “Lion King” as well as many other major motion pictures from Disney Animation’s second “Golden Age” including “Aladdin” & “Beauty and the Beast”
Producer of over 30 award-winning off-Broadway shows, festival productions, and documentary features between 2004 and 2017.
Chairman, New York Musical Festival: Best known as incubator of Broadway hits “Next to Normal” & “Title of Show” (2007-2017)