James W. Burnes

Operating Partner
James W. Burnes, Operating Partner, Orchid Blacklinkedin

# Agile / Scrum
# Product Market Fit
# Customer Journey
# Lean Startup
# Corporate Ventures
# Strategy

James is a catalyst and motivational leader for B2B innovation and strategy. He has spent his career advising the C-suite to develop visionary goals, architect effective go-to-market strategies, design incredible customer experiences, and use lean startup/agile/design-thinking methodologies to deliver results faster with fewer mistakes.

*Vitamin J: Head of Strategy & Innovation - Built an innovation consulting firm that guided numerous B2B firms with product strategies to successful exits or raising capital for new technology ventures.

Startup Queenstown Lakes: CEO - Founded and led a coalition of entrepreneurs, investors, changemakers, and community leaders to build an effective startup ecosystem in a global resort community.

Werewolf: CMO - Rebuilt tech marketing stack and designed a relevant brand for a SaaS startup to expand to a global market.

Education: Western Governors University, B.S. Business Administration - Information Technology Management. Western Governors University - M.B.A.


#Professional Services








Awards & Organizations

- Board Member, Ministry of Awesome (Christchurch NZ)

- Startup Mentor, Te Ohaka Incubator (Christchurch NZ)

Articles & Case Studies
James W. Burnes
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
– Albert Einstein

What I'm Reading / Listening To:


Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Why it's worth your time:

Zero to One presents an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

Still On My Bucket List:
Hike the Appalachian Trail
Best Business Advice:
Fall in love with a problem and then center all of your attention around the customers facing the problem, your relationship with them, and how you can work together to build a solution. If you focus on the problem, your attention will always be in the right direction.