JOSH LINKNER – Innovation & Leadership Keynote Speaker
Five-time Successful Tech Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author, Disciplined Dreaming
Innovation & Leadership Keynote speaker Josh Linkner is on a mission to help the world unleash its creative mojo. The five-time successful tech entrepreneur and CEO/Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners delivers a clear call to action — it’s better to disrupt your organization before your competition does. The riskiest move companies can make today is hugging the status quo — believing the future will be like the past is the fast road to obsolescence.
Learning to systematically jumpstart the creative energy of individuals at all levels of the organization is essential to finding new routes to growth, profitability and innovation. As a speaker Josh Linkner shows how to do it with clear and actionable insights that are based on his own experience and lessons from some of the world’s best-known brands. He inspires people with powerful, fun and practical techniques. He ignites immediate and profound results and will show how to unleash hidden creativity and fresh thinking in every setting – from weekly staff meetings to major innovation sessions to new product breakthroughs. Organizations learn to tap into a deep well of inspiration and new ideas — any one of which lead to dramatic outcomes to leadership, innovation and performance. People come alive as they engage their curiosity and wonder – what seemed ordinary becomes an opportunity for new discoveries.
Speaker Josh Linkner is a creative force — an out-of-the-box thinker whose approach to business was forged in disruptive times. He is an entrepreneur and a respected working jazz guitarist – a combination that accounts for his unique way of listening to business and the marketplace. Improvisation is in his blood – a venture capitalist that lives in the world of possibility.
His first book, Disciplined Dreaming – A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, outlines Linkner’s prescription for business success. The book, which was a New York Times bestseller, was named one of 2011?s top ten business titles by Amazon.com.
Linkner is founder and former CEO of ePrize, the world’s largest interactive promotion agency which provides digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands. Prior to ePrize, he was founder/CEO of three other successful technology companies. Each of his four startups enjoyed successful exits with a combined value of over $200 million. He has been on the board of over 40 companies, raised over $100 million of venture capital, employed thousands of people and fought through the dot-com crash, 9/11 and the 2008 financial meltdown. His extraordinary business accomplishments led him to be honored as the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a President Barack Obama “Champion of Change” Award recipient.
As CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Linkner remains at the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship. The firm is especially focused on revitalizing his home town of Detroit. Linkner is a regular contributor to Forbes and Inc. magazines. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times and he is a weekly columnist for the Detroit Free Press.