Noel Burkman

Operating Partner
Noel Burkman, Operating Partner, Orchid Blacklinkedin

# Application Consulting & Dev
# Branding
# C-Level Consulting
# Marketing
# Organizational Transformation
# Raising Capital
# Startups

I’m a dynamic thinker with a remarkable gift for pattern recognition and deep emotional intelligence. My early career has been defined by a series of collaborations with e-commerce startups in Chicago and Silicon Valley, of both strategic and technical variables and tempered by 15+ years in the corporate world. Accomplishing the near-impossible is my forte.

*Follet Corporation: Director of E-Commerce - Built an e-commerce platform, growing from 0 to $500M. (See Abstract)

*American Press Institute: Director of Digital Transformation - Worked with C-Level leadership at major media companies to transform their business and revenues models. (See Abstract)

Vosges Haut Chocolate: Head of Technology & Marketing - Led rebrand initiative and ERP implementation.

Reel.com: Strategy - E-commerce startup that sold for $140M

DePaul University - B.S., Computer Science.


# EdTech

# Food & Beverage

# Info Tech

# Manufacturing - Light

# Publishing / Media

# Software/SaaS Development

# Cloud Computing

# Retail / CPG

# Digital Media

# Digital Marketing

# E-Commerce

Awards & Organizations

-2019 Strong Performer: Forrester Wave

- 2009 Finalist: Chicago Innovation Awards

Noel Burkman
“Luck favors the prepared mind.”
—Louis Pasteur, Biologist

What I'm Reading / Listening To:


Joseph Campbell's 'The Power of Myth' has helped me better understand my own trials and tribulations.

Still On My Bucket List:
Complete a motorcycle trip from South America to Alaska with my son.
Best Business Advice:
The deal is not done until it’s done.