Speaker Bio


Marcus Charles

Marcus Charles

President, Cleen Tech INC

Young, ambitious, and with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit, Marcus Charles entered the Seattle food and beverage industry in 1997 when he opened Marcus’ Martini Heaven.  He was just 23 years old.  Since then, Marcus has founded and purchased several other restaurant and nightlife music venues, including the bad juju lounge, Neumo’s, The Crocodile and Local 360.  In 2000, Marcus and a partner took over and operated the Capitol Hill Block Party (the West Coast’s most relevant Indi Music Festival) – until they sold their interests in 2012.

With the passage of Washington State Initiative 502 in 2012, Marcus co-founded JUJU Joints to take the hassle out of feeling the euphoric effects of THC for adults older than 21.  JUJU Joints was sold to Canopy Growth in the winter of 2018 in a successful exit.

In 2018, Marcus became the Entrepreneur in Residence at Atlas St. Ventures (ASV).  And, in 2020, ASV started Cleen Tech INC, which appointed Marcus to its Board of Directors and corporate President.  clēēn:tech licenses proprietary cannabinoid conversion technology (Hemp Sourced THC™), to state regulated cannabis license-holders.

Marcus earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He currently donates his resources to the Seattle Music Foundation among other local charities.  Marcus’s family life centers around spending time in the San Juan Islands with his wife, son, and family dog.