Charlie Kindel spoke about the Future of Mobile to a packed house last night. I was going to write up a recap of the event but Curt Woodward with Xconomy did an execellent job! Enjoy!

Everyone fails. If you’ve never failed, you’re not trying hard enough. This pretty much applies to everything in life.

I’ve been following the story of Mo Isom, the “Former LSU goalie will try out for kicker but no matter what happens, she knows it’s not the end” an article by Jordan Conn.

It’s not about the result, it’s about the journey. For Mo Isom, she failed again and again, but, she never quit. Sure she didn’t make the team as kicker, but, you can tell she did give it everything she could. There’s a lot to say about a person’s character who doesn’t quit – there’s a level of dedication and commitment that is very admirable. The odds definitely stacked against her. The physical punishment of killing her body in a weight room and emotional rigor that comes with everyone questioning, judging, and doubting her. It’s so much easier to just quit and move on to something else that’s easier but that becomes a person’s story. Not knowing much about Mo Isom, I’d say she’s exceptional, the drive, determination, her faith, the way she handles herself when the answer is “no” after 18 months of going after a goal. Wow. Definitely no doubt that there will be HUGE things in store for her.

While it’s great to hear about people who succeed — the more interesting story is about the people that face the challenges that really test their fortitude. That’s what defines us.

Crazy looking. I just created my LinkedIn InMap to see what my professional world looks like visually. There’s definitely some massive solar systems out there where some of the people I happen to know are incredibly well connected. I am definitely having a fun time looking at who are at the center of each different colored clouds.

We’re excited to have our first Massage Day here at thinkspace! A big thanks to Dr. Baker and his team (Ashley and Gina) from Prime Spine Bellevue Chiropractic & Massage!

Date: August 28, 2012
Times: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Open to the thinkspace Community!

Dr. Ben Baker is a graduate of Northwestern Chiropractic College in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has a passion for natural health care and wellness principles. Dr.Baker has post-doctoral training in the areas of wellness education, strength training and the practice of acupuncture. Dr. Baker is thrilled to be trained in this healing profession and takes his responsibilities as a doctor of chiropractic very seriously. To deepen his knowledge, he studied advanced chiropractic techniques. He also became certified in chiropractic wellness through the International Chiropractors Association’s Council on Wellness Science and completed the coursework leading toward full licensure. He continues to advance his knowledge in nutrition and chiropractic arts. Currently Dr.Baker operates two PrimeSpine clinics, one in Bellevue and the other in Kirkland Washington. He is a native of Seattle, Washington and is an avid marathon runner and golfer. Ben ran the Boston marathon in 2008. Ben is happily married to his wife Melissa who is a science teacher and a gymnastics coach.

The thinkspace Community can sign up for a free 20 minute session with his team (Ashley and Gina) down in our coworking space on the first floor. There are a limited number of spots so please sign up early.

A big shout out to our coworking member, Gabriel Gervelis, Gervelis Search Marketing, @SEO_PRO for connecting me to Dr. Baker!

Prime Spine has two locations:

Bellevue Chiropractic & Massage 425-590-9619
4122 Factoria Boulevard Southeast #203
Bellevue, WA

Kirkland Chiropractic 425-825-8750
12305 120th Avenue Northeast Suite A
Kirkland, WA

Charlie KindelThe world is on fire about “mobile”. Yes, it’s old news (early 2012) the number of smartphone sales has exceeded the number of PC sales. Ok, but where are things really headed? If you’re a small business is now the time to think about making sure that you’re website is mobile friendly? I just looked at my Google Analytics and 26% of my website traffic is now coming from a mobile device. Of that 82% is coming from an iPhone or iPad. The remaining 18% comes from Android, while Microsoft Windows Phone is just a fraction of 1%.

We are very lucky to have Charlie Kindel, a Seattle angel investor and former general manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone unit, who will be presenting on the Future of Mobile!

Register here for the event, August 28 at 6pm!

Here’s my list of questions for Charlie:

  • Should we develop on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone or can we just “Write Once Run Anywhere”?
  • Is HTML5 going to nuke native apps?
  • How will Android fix their fragmentation problem?
  • Who’s going to win the mobile payments battle?
  • What are people doing on mobile that they aren’t doing online?
  • What does Microsoft have to do to get back in the game?


What are your questions for Charlie?

More about Charlie Kindel: Charlie Kindel is founder & CEO of a Seattle startup doing innovative things where space and time collide ( He is an active angel investor, mentor and advisor in the Seattle startup community. Charlie was previously the GM for the Windows Phone 7 app platform at Microsoft. During his 21 year tenure at Microsoft, Charlie built a broad range of products and technologies ranging from Internet Explorer to Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server, and Windows Phone 7. He started his first software company while in high school in 1983 and built some of the earliest shareware apps for Windows. He is passionate about customer focus, lean methods, going deep technically, soccer, and cars. Read his musings about startups, technology, and other random things on his blog and follow him on twitter @ckindel.

Some people might call me a little competitive. I think there could be a little truth to that.

I just finished up a two month no-carb challenge with my Entrepreneur Organization forum mates. I am always up to a challenge and this is the one time where I think I probably should have walked away from the challenge and said I don’t need to go through this. There’s nothing to prove. Proving that I have will power? I certainly didn’t need to lose weight. While I think it’s good to “detox” from various things once in a while like quit coffee, alcohol, sugar, red meat… and it’s probably good to stay off carbs for a little while too. But, the length of time — two whole months was just way too long.

What did I learn? That I shouldn’t accept every challenge that comes my way. I also learned that I probably shouldn’t eat three plates of pesto pasta because it tastes good. I will likely keep my portions under control going forward. Competition is good but this is one thing that I wish I would have never participated in. What’s something that you’ve done that you wish you hadn’t?!

Updated: 11:45pm thanks @lamiki had to add this into the post!