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I went from the front of a high school classroom to the front of a conference room. No matter the arena, my values remain the same: be true to yourself, prioritize people, always learn something, and have fun. I identify as a story teller, an early adopter of technology, and someone who loves to stay up-to-date on all conversations worthy of the water cooler. I aspire to create things that make life better for consumers and to help individuals reach their highest potential. The foundation of my career can be credited to Camp Kesem, a nonprofit organization, where I was able to see how the hard work of a small team can better the lives of thousands of people. I've also had the honor to work for world class businesses such as Red Bull, P&G, HP, and Under Armour where I learned how brands can leverage a great product to increase revenue. My experience with startups, such as Missouri.com, Spiceworks and The Hustle, provided me firsthand experience with large goals, hyper growth, and venture capitalist expectations. In addition to my career, I give back to my key causes of cancer and children. In particular, I support Camp Kesem and LIVESTRONG. If I’m not focused on what’s above, you’ll catch me on the golf course or eating good barbecue in Austin, TX!
Nik is the CEO of Sharma Brands, a strategic-initiatives firm working with a wide range of brands to help grow and scale revenue across digital platforms. Nik is one of AdWeek’s Young & Influential, Forbes 30 under 30, and an investor and advisor to some of the fastest-growing brands in commerce.
Kyle York is co-founder, CEO and managing partner at York IE™ where he sets the vision and leads the vertically integrated strategic growth and investment firm helping reshape the way companies are built, scaled and monetized. Kyle works closely with entrepreneurs, operators and investors to help them realize their shared ambition to build good companies, create new jobs, grow generational wealth and impact the world. Advising and investing in over 100 startups over the past decade, Kyle is an active board member for Blustream, CloudApp, Forcivity, TorchPro and chairperson for Canvs AI. Kyle is a co-founder of 3rd generation family business, YORK Athletics MFG., an ecommerce footwear brand in Boston. Kyle’s most successful startup engagement to date is Fastly ($FSLY) who IPO’d in 2019 and peaked north of $12B. Current York IE portfolio highlights include Auditoria, Finmark, Metadata and Vetro. Previously, Kyle was the vice president of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and general manager for Oracle’s Dyn Global Business Unit, focused on growing Oracle’s cloud market position and leading Dyn operations. Founders and talent from Oracle acquisitions StackEngine, Wercker, DataScience.com and Zenedge reported into Kyle’s strategy and marketing organization. Prior to joining Oracle, Kyle was an executive with Dyn since 2008, primarily as Chief Revenue Officer. During his years there he spearheaded corporate strategy, growth, and go-to-market, scaling to $100M annual recurring revenue, 5000 enterprise customers, one million paid users, $100M fundraised, 500 global employees, and 11 executed M&A transactions, which led to its strategic acquisition by Oracle in 2016. Kyle past served as an independent board member for Datanyze (ZoomInfo), Assent Compliance (Warburg Pincus) and Flowtraq (Riverbed). As an expert in the global internet, cloud, SaaS, IaaS, and technology markets and trends, Kyle has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, the New York Times, TechCrunch, USA Today, and Wired, and on broadcasts such as NPR’s All Tech Considered, NBC’s Today Show and PBS’s Frontline. He has been a guest speaker at many conferences worldwide educating and inspiring audiences. Kyle has spent his entire career working in the internet and enterprise software industries driving growth for subscription business models. Prior to joining Dyn, he spent six years at vertical SaaS company WhippleHill Communications (EdTech), which was acquired by Blackbaud in 2014. Kyle has a BS in marketing from Bentley University.
I have an obsession with brand building and DTC marketing. 13 years ago, I stumbled into entrepreneurship and haven’t looked back since. $250 million of bootstrapped revenue to date as a sole founder.
Building the future of e-comm @buildwithtoki / Past M&A @wecommerce_co / Investor @bloombergbeta / Operator @yotpo. I learn through writing. Follow what I am looking into: honestlydebatable.substack.com. I love public equities and growth stocks. Follow my trading on Commonstock: @elise. I am an avid operator and investor. Interested in getting in touch? You've come to the right place. Let's talk.
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