Charlie Kindel

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Vail, Colorado
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
Occupationchief product and technology officer

Charlie Kindel is an American tech executive and the chief product and technology officer at SnapAV.[1] He formerly held roles with Control4,, and Microsoft. Much of his career has been spent focused on smart home products.[2]

Early life and education

Kindel was born in Vail, Colorado.[3] He earned a bachelor's degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990.[4]


Kindel joined Microsoft in 1990.[5] He was named general manager of Windows Home Server in 2004, remaining in that position until 2009, when he became general manager of the Windows Phone developer experience.[6][7][8]

In 2011, Kindel left Microsoft to create BizLogr, serving as chief executive officer.[7][9] The calendar scheduling startup launched in 2012,[7] and was later renamed FreeBusy.[10] The company created the mileage-logging app MileLogr.[11]

Kindel joined in 2013, becoming director of Amazon Alexa,[7][8] remaining there until April 2018.[8][10]

In August 2018, he joined home automation systems provider Control4 as senior vice president of products and services.[2][12] After Control4 merged with SnapAV, Kindel was named chief product and technology officer of SnapAV.[13]


  1. Barack, Lauren (December 17, 2019). "13 Questions: SnapAV's Charlie Kindel is volunteering to go to Mars (after he gets down off the slopes)". Gearbrain. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Warren, Tom (August 2, 2018). "Former Alexa smart home chief and Windows Media Center founder joins Control4". The Verge. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  3. "Obituary: Nancy M. Kindel, 1928-2012". Vail Daily. February 6, 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  4. "Charlie Kindel". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  5. Wilhelm, Alex (August 8, 2011). "Windows Phone loses a key general manager". The Next Web. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  6. Hardawar, Devindra (August 8, 2011). "Windows Phone GM Charlie Kindel leaves Microsoft for mystery startup". VentureBeat. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Williams, Martyn (April 1, 2013). "Former Microsoft Man Building 'something Secret' At Amazon". CIO magazine. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Velazco, Chris (April 30, 2018). "Alexa exec calls it quits after five years at Amazon". Engadget. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  9. Chen, Brian (December 27, 2011). "Why Nobody Will Play Nice With Windows Phone 7". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Loizos, Connie (April 30, 2018). "Charlie Kindel Says He's Leaving to Take a Serious Break From Work". TechCrunch. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  11. Wingfield, Nick (February 18, 2013). "Test Run: Mining Your Calendar to Cut Taxes". New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  12. Earl, Jennifer (May 27, 2019). "Ex-Amazon executive reveals Jeff Bezos' trick he now uses at his new company". Fox Business. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  13. Knott, Jason (August 1, 2019). "SnapAV, Control4 Merger Complete". CEPro. Retrieved 7 February 2020.

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