Polaris appoints venture partner

Polaris Partners has appointed Pat Kinsel as a venture partner, joining the firm’s technology investment team. Kinsel joined Polaris in 2013 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence after his Polaris-backed company, Spindle, was acquired by Twitter the same year.


Polaris Partners today announced that Pat Kinsel has been made a Venture
Partner, joining the firm’s Technology investment team. Pat joined Polaris in 2013 as an Entrepreneur-in-
Residence after his Polaris-backed company, Spindle, was acquired by Twitter the same year. He specializes in
the areas of mobile, search, data analytics, collaboration and social software development and has played a
meaningful role in the Boston startup ecosystem serving as a mentor and visiting practitioner at the Harvard
Innovation Lab (i-Lab) and a mentor to TechStars Boston. Kinsel was also a former resident of @dogpatchlabs,
the open entrepreneurial community network which Polaris curated successfully in the Cambridge, San
Francisco and New York City markets from 2009 to 2013 and now operates in Dublin Ireland. In his role as
Venture Partner, Pat will focus on early stage technology investments and continue developing relationships
with entrepreneurs across the country.
“Pat Kinsel is an outstanding entrepreneur with technology chops and a strong business sense that has endeared
him to the startup community both here in Boston and Silicon Valley,” said Dave Barrett, Polaris Managing
Partner. “His ability to go deep into a technical space while maintaining a long term strategic focus has enabled
him to successfully advance innovation within both large corporations and emerging early stage
companies. Having closely worked with him as an entrepreneur, we are thrilled that he will be applying these
strengths to the current and future Polaris portfolio.”
Prior to co-founding Spindle, Pat spent several years leading teams within Microsoft FUSE Labs and Microsoft
Startup Labs where he was responsible for incubating new concepts and bringing them to market. In this role, he
led development of Docs.com, a collaboration between Microsoft and Facebook to bring Microsoft Office Online
to the Facebook audience. Before Docs.com, Pat built several social discovery applications and helped bring Bing
Social Search to market in October 2009. At Microsoft, Pat was a co-inventor of several issued and pending
patents in the areas of social search and collaboration.
“At its earliest stages, innovation requires mentorship to move beyond a concept and into reality,” said Jodi
Goldstein, Director of Harvard Innovation Lab. “In this regard, Pat Kinsel has made a significant contribution to
our students who are seeking to change the world with their ideas. As an entrepreneur himself, he understands
the opportunities and challenges that face every startup and is able to help gently navigate the road to ultimate
success, without getting in the way of the process. Any startup venture would be lucky to have Pat as an
Pat will continue to be based in Boston and will work out of Polaris’ new offices at One Marina Park Drive in the
city’s Innovation District.
About Polaris Partners
Founded in 1996, Polaris Partners has more than $3.5 billion in capital under management invested into a
diverse portfolio of technology and healthcare companies throughout their lifecycles. From the earliest startup
phases through the growth stages, Polaris Partners takes minority and majority positions alongside outstanding
management teams to help grow industry leading companies. With offices in Boston, San Francisco and Dublin,
Polaris partners with an unparalleled network of repeat CEOs, entrepreneurs, top scientists and emerging
innovators who are positioned to make a significant impact in their fields and vastly improve the way in which
we all live and work. The result: Hundreds of growing companies, thousands of jobs generated, and billions of
dollars of value created. For more information, visit: www.polarispartners.com.
Contact: Emily Mendell, Polaris Partners, em@polarispartners.com, 781-522-6732