Orkila Capital was formed in 2013 to pursue proprietary and compelling growth equity investment opportunities in the media, entertainment and consumer sectors.
With over 15 years of experience, the principals of Orkila seek to leverage their deep industry knowledge and relationships to focus on growth platforms with differentiated brands, IP, assets or content.
We invest in and help build media, entertainment and consumer platforms. A sample of our work:
In 2006 he was a math and physics teacher that started experimenting with hops, malt and yeast back home in his kitchen in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel Borg Bjergsø exports his micro brewed beer to 40 different countries and is internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and cutting edge brewers in the world.
Mikkeller has made collaboration beers with some of the world’s most acknowledged and innovative microbreweries; Three Floyds, Chicago, de Struise, Belgium, Hill Farmstead, Vermount and Anchorage, Alaska and makes house beer for some of the best and most prominent gourmet restaurants in Denmark, such as Noma, Mielcke & Hurtigkarl and Kiin Kiin. Because of Mikkel’s inventive and constant development of Mikkeller he has been called the ‘cult’, ‘rock’n’roll’ and ‘gypsy’-brewer in Danish and international press. Mikkeller is based in Copenhagen, Denmark and San Diego, California.
eMerge Americas is a multi-day technology conference that connects industry leaders, government officials, and entrepreneurs from North America, Latin America, and Europe in vibrant Miami, Florida. The event is designed to create an opportunity for the free flow of innovative ideas and public/private resources between businesses, investors, and governments of the Americas. Entwined throughout the event summits that attract inspiring keynote speakers who embrace and speak to the core values and mission of the conference. Envisioned by Miami businessman, Manny Medina, eMerge Americas strives make Miami into the hub for technology and innovation between the Americas.
Founded in 2003, Recognition Media is a leading owner and producer of Internet and media industry awards programs, events and media properties including The Webby Awards, The Telly Awards, The Lovie Awards, The Communicator Awards, The W3 Awards, The Daveys and Netted. Its flagship property, The Webby Awards, has been the Internet industry’s most coveted achievement for nearly 20 years. One of its newest ventures, The Lovie Awards, is the only pan-European Award to honor the entire breadth of content created for the Internet. Recognition Media’s products, services and events regularly serve online thought-leaders, taste-makers and emerging digital content producers, as well as leading media and advertising professionals, while increasingly attracting the Web enthusiast and consumer markets.
Crash Line Productions is a leading independent live music event company, founded in 2012 in Boston, MA. Crash Line owns and produces over 20 annual music and art events, the largest of which are its two Boston Calling Music Festival events (May and September), along with Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, WI. Crash Line’s events draw more than 150,000 attendees per year and focus on imagining and delivering amazing live event experiences for consumers in a safe and comfortable environment. The Company’s events place a strong emphasis on artist-driven curation, with its largest festival events curated by Aaron Dessner of The National (Boston Calling / Eaux Claires) and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (Eaux Claires). Crash Line’s mission is to continue to produce music and art events that push the creative limits of live events, delight its consumers, artists, municipal partners and sponsors and be a great long-term partner to its host communities.
Ernest Alexander is a NYC-based online brand, a purveyor of classic, American-made menswear with a refined, modern aesthetic. Ernest Alexander specializes in accessories and clothing, catering to the higher-end “accessible luxury” market. Each of Ernest Alexander’s collections are based in heritage materials but applied to modern silhouettes. The resulting style emphasizes clean and classic tailored goods but with a fresh newness and wearability – fine accessories and clothing with unexpected detailing, a touch of fun and a refined, urbane sensibility. Ernest Alexander was recently named one of GQ’s 2013 Best New Menswear Designers in America, and has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, Boston Common, GQ, New York Magazine, and a variety of other publications.
Feit is a Footwear and Accessories company established by brothers Tull and Josh Price.
Feit merges Tull’s sharp, minimal design aesthetic and vast knowledge of footwear techniques with Josh’s determination for the company to remain low impact and sustainable.
Feit products are made to order by the finest craftsmen in the world and are available at carefully selected retail partners, Feit’s flagship store and on Feitdirect.com.
Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 113-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The distillery uses New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Our moonshine won “Best in Category” for corn whiskey at the 2011 American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Conference and Kings County won silver medals for both whiskies at the 2013 Conference.
Founded in 2008 by Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney, Bellator MMA is the largest tournament-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world. Based in Newport Beach, California and partnered with industry-leader Viacom, Bellator hosts “The Toughest Tournament in Sports” live and free on the home for MMA, Spike TV.
Bellator includes weight classes from Bantamweight (135 pounds) all the way up to Heavyweight (265 pounds). And, each Bellator tournament in each weight class is conducted over a three month period. Each tournament begins with the quarter final round featuring eight fighters in that respective weight class, moving onto the semi-finals and then the finals.
In 2013, Bellator began broadcasting all its events on the largest and most successful broadcaster in MMA history, Spike TV, with live events airing weekly. The television alliance also includes a reality show featuring Bellator talent, Bellator 360 highlight shows and other programming.
Bellator is currently owned by Viacom.
The principals of Orkila have 15+ years of experience identifying unique, proprietary growth equity deals with low / zero leverage and attractive risk-reward profiles. Supporting Orkila's investment professionals and portfolio companies is a world-class team of operating advisors in the areas of technology, marketing, content and brand management.
Jesse is Founder and Managing Partner of Orkila Capital. Prior to founding Orkila, Jesse was a Managing Director at Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading investment firm focused on media, technology and information services.
Jesse's current and recent Board Directorships include Mikkeller, eMerge Americas, World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman), Crash Line Productions, Ernest Alexander, FEIT, Recognition Media and The Du Bey Family Foundation. Jesse is also on the Kings County Distillery Advisory Board.
Jesse is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a native of Seattle, WA.
Taylor is co-founder and Vice President of Orkila Capital. Prior to Orkila, Taylor was an associate at Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading investment firm focused on media, technology and information services.
Taylor is currently a Board Director of eMerge Americas and Ernest Alexander as well as a Board Observer of Crash Line Productions, FEIT and Recognition Media.
Taylor is a graduate of Columbia University and is a native of Far Hills, NJ.
Steve is an Associate at Orkila Capital. Prior to Orkila, Steve was an associate at Guggenheim Securities within their Structured Credit Group. Steve joined Orkila in April of 2015.
Steve is a graduate of Princeton University and is a native of Philadelphia, PA.
Bob is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high performance organizations in rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Bob’s professional career began at TRW in space technology and information systems business units, and moved quickly into the emerging wireless communications industry in 1985. With a small group of partners, Bob cofounded Western Wireless Corporation (now ALLTEL) and later Voicestream Wireless (Now T-Mobile).
In 2005, Bob founded High Road Sports, Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad and predecessors, which were the most successful men’s and women’s professional cycling teams in the world from 2008 through 2011. Currently, Bob is a director of World Triathlon Corporation, as well as an advisor for leading private equity firms. He holds Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of California.
Ben is a technologist with over 15 years of experience implementing cutting-edge technology solutions and products to drive business value. Ben began his career as a software developer and consultant before becoming a technology leader and CTO/CIO for a variety of technology driven businesses – ranging from startup to fortune 500 across publishing, software, web and finance industries.
Ben is a co-founder of AssessIT, a technology management consulting firm that focuses on providing technology assessment, strategy and fractional executive services to the private equity community. Ben is also a technology advisor for multiple private equity firms and is active in helping their portfolio companies improve overall technology strategy and solutions.
Christine has over 25 years of successful financial management. Working with development stage companies through maturity, she is able to develop and implement sound accounting systems and processes working with technology to create seamless financial environments. Most recently she was the CFO of Eco Power Solutions, an emissions control technology firm, which was preceded by her position as Director of Financial operations and Accounting for Meridian Companies, LLC, a leading provider of tax credit equity financing. While at Meridian, she provided financial advice and guidance for over ten different companies and interacted with FINRA and the SEC on a number of related regulatory matters. Before this she was an analyst for Morgan Stanley and International Paper Company as well as an international treasury analyst with EG&G.