Charles Como, founder of Underground Network, previously founded one of Hollywood’s first major Internet companies, BoxTop Interactive, which he grew into the world's largest web development company at the time. BoxTop later merged with iXL, and iXL went public with a valuation exceeding $2 billion within the first year, and $3.6 billion at its peak. Como's clients included such names as Capital Records, Warner Brothers Records, Fox Entertainment, United Paramount Network (UPN), Apple, A&M Records, Guess?, Mattel’s Barbie and Hot Wheels, Major League Soccer, Van Halen, Kid Rock, and Sting, just to name a few.
Como later founded HotForWords, which created one of the first YouTube channels to hit 1/2 Billion video views and break over a $1 million a year in ad revenue. It was one of the most successful channels on the first YouTube Multi Channel Network (MCN), Next New Networks, prior to Next New being acquired by YouTube for a reported $60 million.
Como's latest company, Underground Network, was picked by SXSW (South by South-West) as one of the most socially impactful new startup companies.
At the age of 19, Como was the youngest general securities/registered options principal and branch office manager of a NYSE firm. During his 10 years in the industry, he worked at some of the largest Investment Banks including Drexel Burnham Lambert and Lehman Brothers, where he experienced, first-hand, the inner workings of the financial industry. Unhappy with the direction the banks were taking, Como left the industry to pursue harnessing the democratizing abilities of the Internet.
Recognition For Charles Como
"Hollywood’s Developer to the Stars"
"Face to Watch in New Media"
"Titillating Online Users"
Clients & Online Properties Created
Television Networks (The Entire Sites)
20th Century Fox Television
(First Broadcast Television Website Ever)
United Paramount Network (UPN)
Record Labels (The Entire Websites)
World Domination Records
Corporate Sites (The Entire Sites)
Major League Soccer
Muscle & Fitness Magazine
Men’s Fitness Magazine
Young At Heart
Entertainment People or Entities
Basketball Diaries Movie
The Crash Site
House of Blues
COPS: Too Hot For TV
Star Trek - First Contact
Musicians’ Sites (Their Entire Websites)
The Beatles: Live at the BBC
Hootie and the Blowfish
Rage Against the Machine
Stone Temple Pilots
Castle Rock Pictures
Hard Rock Café
Jerry Bruckheimer Films
20th Century Fox
Some Firsts for Como
First Online Show - Un-Cabaret - With Bobcat Goldthwait, Janeane Garofalo, Margaret Cho, Dana Gould & Julia Sweeney - Comedy Decentralized - Wired
First Website for a major Hollywood Entertainment Company - Capitol Records / Megadeth - Megadeth.com - Megadeth, Arizona
First Live Concert Broadcast over the Internet - Sky Cries Mary / Microsoft - Billboard
First Television Network Website - Fox World - Fox Television, Fox Kids, Fox Sports