Josh Linkner is the Founder, Chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world, providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands.
To Josh Linkner, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress, and as such, he's spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption.
Josh is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Together with business partners Earvin "Magic" Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Josh is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. Josh is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan.
He is also a thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker on innovation, creativity, and reinvention. Josh has written two New York Times bestselling books - Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation.
Josh is the Founder, Chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands.
Prior to ePrize, Josh was the founder and CEO of three other successful technology companies. He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is a regular columnist for Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and The New York Times. Josh is also a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States.
Most importantly, Josh is on a mission to make the world more creative.
The Top 10 Reasons Josh is the Perfect Keynote Speaker for Your Event:
Relatable - With 20+ years as an active CEO, he's a proven business leader with deep real-world experience.
Engaging - Josh's talks are interactive, fast-moving, and entertaining. Your audience will be fully engaged and leaning forward.
Unique Perspective - As a four-time tech entrepreneur, professional-level jazz musician, venture capitalist, and rebuilder of his hometown of Detroit, Josh brings a fresh and compelling perspective.
Real Takeaway Value - Your audience will leave with meaningful tools, frameworks, and techniques that can be immediately applied to real-world challenges.
High Energy / Inspiring - Josh's enthusiasm consistently inspires audiences. Guests will depart fired up, energized, and ready to reach new heights.
Visually Stunning - You wont see bullet point lists or text-heavy screens with Josh. Instead, audiences are dazzled with high resolution photography, energizing HD video clips, memorable props, and gorgeous visual transitions.
Captivating Stories - Concepts are delivered through rich story telling — not boring professorial directives. Emotionally-charged stories help the audience retain key points while enjoying a highly entertaining experience.
Zero Drama - No outrageous demands. No diva-like requests. Instead, Josh is professional, accommodating, and easy to work with at every step.
Custom - Instead of a 'canned' speech, Josh takes the time to learn about your organization, audience, and key objectives. His presentation will be on-point, relevant, and customized to your specific needs.
High Impact - Josh will make every minute count. Your audience will be moved and inspired while gaining practical tools to improve their performance. He will do whatever it takes to ensure your event is a roaring success.
HARNESSING INNOVATION: TURNING RAW IDEAS INTO POWERFUL RESULTS
As a four-time successful tech entrepreneur and investor in dozens of startups, Josh Linkner has seen thousands of companies loaded with creative buzz and
big ideas. How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer:
the best companies have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs – something Linkner discovered by founding and building
companies that collectively sold for over $200 million. As a professional-level jazz guitarist, Linkner blends the improvisational qualities of a jazz ensemble with
bleeding-edge business savvy to bring a completely fresh perspective on unleashing creativity in the organization. His inspiring presentation delivers practical
tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.
A STREETFIGHTER’S GUIDE TO REINVENTION: LESSONS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF DETROIT’S REBIRTH
Detroit’s fight back from the brink is an inspiring tale of resilience told first-hand by Josh Linkner whose grit and passion are playing a critical role in the city’s
revitalization. Linkner is a driving force in Detroit’s comeback; among his many honors – “Detroit Executive of the Year”, the region’s “CEO of the Year” and
“Michiganian of the Year.” As the CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, he is helping the city he loves rise from the ashes and reconnect to its entrepreneurial and
technological roots. Linkner’s heartfelt talk energizes audiences with the power of possibility. It’s also a cautionary tale of how Detroit, once a birthplace of
innovation and a vibrant city, succumbed to the evil forces of protectionism, blame, and bureaucracy. In this talk, Linkner shares the lessons from this powerful
comeback story – still in progress.
ENTREPRENEURIAL FIRE: THINK AND ACT LIKE A STARTUP (EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT)
Entrepreneurs look at the world differently. We celebrate them for their bold vision and courage - they drive game-changing innovation that
creates enormous economic success while making a profound impact on the world. What is it about the entrepreneurial mindset that helps these mavericks
seize opportunity that others miss? A five-time successful tech entrepreneur, Linkner shows leaders and organizations how to embrace the creativity, grit, and
vision of a startup and then channel this approach to drive growth, innovation, efficiency, and customer delight. Josh Linkner decodes the entrepreneurial DNA
to help leaders of any size company in any industry or profession.
GRAVITY DEFYING LEADERSHIP: UNLEASHING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S CREATIVE MOJO
With disruptive forces assaulting business from every direction, creativity has been labeled the single-most important business attribute. To succeed, leaders
must be focused on creating a resilient culture where everyone’s engaged; a torrent of fresh, creative ideas needs to ow from every level of the organization.
Top leaders then employ a secret weapon: a systematic approach to selecting and launching the ideas that will best drive growth and innovation. Josh Linkner
weighs in with a fresh perspective on this critical leadership challenge. A highly successful serial entrepreneur and now a tech investor, Linkner shows
leaders how to employ his simple but effective framework to ramp up the creativity and identify/launch ideas that will break through and defy gravity.
THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: TRANSLATING IMPROVISATIONAL THINKING FROM THE JAZZ STAGE TO BUSINESS
Be prepared to be amazed. Josh Linkner, a jazz guitarist since age 14, credits a musical background for giving him a different way of looking at business. In
this stunning interactive presentation, a live jazz performance by Josh and his band is woven with stimulating dialogue. You’ll actually hear, through their
music, fresh ways to unleash your organization’s creative mojo. In jazz, 99% of the notes are improvised; created in real-time. Yet it’s the structure of a jazz
combo – not the inherent talent of individual musicians – that allows for such breathtaking creative expression. In today’s business landscape of dizzying
speed, exponential complexity, and ruthless competition, we can no longer just play the notes on the written page. You will learn powerful lessons inspired by
jazz musicians (a/k/a “real-time innovators”) to help you develop your own ability to improvise, establish creative team dynamics, break free from traditional.