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California Academy of Sciences
April 27, 2010




Charles Huang
Co-founder of RedOctane

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The Road to Guitar Hero

Charles Huang is a co-founder of RedOctane. RedOctane was founded by Mr. Huang and his brother Kai in 1999 as the world's first online video game rental service. In 2005, the company published Guitar Hero, the first release in a series of critically acclaimed hits from the fastest growing videogame franchise ever. He currently serves as the EVP of Business Development, responsible for new game ventures, hardware product development and manufacturing. Prior to RedOctane, Mr. Huang co-founded Adux Software, a software company developing solutions for the server appliance market. Adux Software was sold in 1999. Mr. Huang holds BAs in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

In 2006, Mr. Huang, along with his brother Kai, was elected as one of the top 50 producers in New Media by the Producers Guild of American New Media, whose membership includes such famed movie directors as Jerry Bruckheimer and Brian Grazer. The award was created to acknowledge the contribution of individuals that are creating opportunities for content to be produced and distributed in a digital format. Mr. Huang immigrated to California as a young child and currently resides in Silicon Valley with his wife and two daughters.




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