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Pat Kinsel

Pat Kinsel is an EIR at Polaris Partners. He joined the firm in August 2013. Pat specializes in designing and building innovative technologies and consumer products. He has built products in the mobile, search, social, local, productivity, and collaboration spaces.

Pat joined Polaris from Spindle, a company he co-founded and led as CEO from December 2010 until it was acquired by Twitter in June 2013. Spindle developed patent pending search technology to surface the most timely and interesting updates from services like Twitter and Facebook. Spindle’s technology advanced search by understanding the implicit context made available by mobile devices to compose a far richer query than a keyword alone ever could.

Prior to Spindle, Pat spent several years at Microsoft leading teams within Microsoft FUSE Labs and Microsoft Startup Labs. Pat was responsible for incubating new concepts and bringing them to market. In this role, he led development of Launched by Mark Zuckerberg at F8 in 2010, was a collaboration between Microsoft and Facebook to bring Microsoft Office Online to the Facebook audience. Before, Pat built several social discovery applications and helped launch Bing’s social search efforts, ultimately bringing Bing Social Search to market in October 2009. At Microsoft, Pat was a co-inventor of several pending patents in the areas of social search and collaboration.

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Spindle on NECN

Added: 10/23/13
Above: announced at F8

Added: 10/29/13


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