Dr. Charles W. Stryker

Leader • Visionary • Mentor • Friend

Dr. Charles W. Stryker


June 17, 1947 – September 17, 2017

On Sunday, September 17, 2017, Dr. Charles W. Stryker – “Charlie” – succumbed to a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall. Charlie’s influence in the information business and the world of Big Data is inspirational but pales in comparison to the number of individuals he impacted.

Dr. Charles Stryker, 70, a prominent entrepreneur in the data industry, died on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Escondido, California. The cause was brain injury from a fall.

Dr. Stryker received the B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1975, from New York University.

He worked at AT&T within its Bell Labs unit, developing application of technology to address large-scale business marketing problems. His interest in complex statistics models led him to form Trinet in the mid-70s, a Parsippany-based consulting firm providing data-driven analytics to large corporations.

Dr. Stryker was a president of InfoGroup, was on the faculty of the Wharton School, and served on many boards of both public and private information companies. In 2014, he was recognized as the Data Innovator of the Year by the direct marketing industry, and presented at a TED conference where he described the future of “Big Data.”

In 1996, Dr. Stryker founded Venture Development Center, LLC, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. VDC is a preeminent advisory firm for the information services industry, and the leading provider of data strategy, data monetization, and custom data sourcing initiatives, supporting many of the major information services providers and representing over 120 other, lesser known but highly valuable, sources of unique and transformative data.