I’m thrilled that fellow Manchester, NH entrepreneur, Kyle York, recently joined the Geneia podcast.
Like me, he’s from the area; I was born in Manchester and he grew up in the adjoining town, Bedford. We went to the same high school, Manchester West, and we’ve both chosen to grow technology companies in Manchester. In the podcast, he shares his strong belief that “you can build a great tech company anywhere, including Manchester.” I wholeheartedly agree and believe Geneia’s Manchester office is a strategic advantage, especially in recruiting talent.
As you may know, Kyle was an early executive with Dyn, one of Manchester’s most successful tech companies. During his years there, he spearheaded corporate strategy, growth and go-to-market, scaling to $100 million in annual recurring revenue, 5,000 enterprise customers, one million paid users, $100 million fundraised, 500 global employees and 11 executed M&A transactions, which led to its strategic acquisition by Oracle in 2016, “for a rumored $600 million.”
His current venture, York IE, where he’s co-founder, CEO and managing partner, works exclusively with startups, primarily companies building enterprise software. York IE’s vision is to reshape the way startups are built, scaled and monetized. Investing in over 80 startups over the past decade, Kyle is a board member for Assent Compliance, Blustream, CloudApp, Forcivity and board chairperson for Canvs AI. Kyle is also a co-founder and board member for 3rd generation family business, YORK Athletics MFG., an ecommerce footwear brand in Boston.
In the Geneia podcast, Kyle discusses AI. “If you’re not thinking about automation and AI in your offering today, you’re a little behind.” He also shares how his company is building culture and connection in a startup during the COVID-19 pandemic and words of wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs, “Make sure it’s in your DNA.”
I’ll admit Kyle’s discussion of YORK Athletics, his startup shoe company, intrigued me. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like it fits within his current tech portfolio. Yet, in their effort to compete with some of the biggest brands in the world, e.g. Nike, Adidas and PUMA, the company is using technology, a 3D measurement tool, to improve fit and a laser focus on just three offerings, the Henry, the Frank and the Gail. If you purchase a limited-edition Gail by Aly Raisman now, the company will donate a pair to a person experiencing homelessness because “now more than ever, home is everything.”