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Kyle Stoner • Abode

Kyle is an experienced entrepreneur with over 13 years spent executing in operations, finance, and engineering. In 2014 he founded Alpha Lead, an innovative client acquisition software platform leveraging big data.

In 2012, Kyle started Pangea Payments, where he served as Founder & COO. Pangea is a disruptive peer-to-peer remittance company that was chosen as one of only eight startups for the inaugural class of the Impact Engine venture accelerator.

Kyle has advised and mentored a number of tech startups in the Chicago area. He has done everything from pitch book development and financial modeling to business plan creation. Kyle enjoys deep ties to the Midwestern tech entrepreneur community, and is a passionate enthusiast for technology startups in general.

Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial career, Kyle worked for Robert W. Baird as an investment banker executing mergers & acquisitions for consumer branded companies. While at Baird, he advised a number of institutions on the completion of financial transactions, including Adidas’ acquisition of FiveTen and the sale of CamelBak to Compass Diversified Holdings. Kyle has also worked for JP Morgan's investment bank, where he focused on advising auto manufacturers on mergers & acquisitions, and debt instruments as a member of the Industrials group.

In addition to his experience in the tech and financial industries, Kyle has worked for both General Motors and Delphi Automotive as an industrial engineer. As a manufacturing engineer, he improved production efficiencies using Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques.

Kyle earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Columbia University.


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