Josh Linkner is the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011. He is a successful entrepreneur and he is the founder of ePrize, a successful agency providing digital marketing services for some of the world’s largest brands.
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.
Josh is the Founder and Chairman of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world providing digital marketing services for 74 of the world’s top 100 brands.
Prior to founding ePrize, Josh was the founder and CEO of three other successful technology companies. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and is also 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 publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and The New York Times. Josh is also a Berklee–‐ a trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in various jazz clubs throughout the United States.
One thing is for certain, Josh is on a mission to make the world more creative.
Josh Linkner’s Speaking Topics:
- Unleashing Creativity
We now live in a world of dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and ruthless competition. As most of the advantages of the past have become commoditized, creativity has become the currency of success; in both business and life. In this interactive talk, Josh shows participants how to jump–‐start their creativity to drive meaningful and immediate results. Attendees will learn specific techniques to unleash their most valuable resources – human creativity, imagination, and original thinking.
- Executing Imagination: Turning Creative Fire into Real Results
Organizations often have an abundance of raw creativity, but lack a systematic process to harness it. In an era where ideas only count when they drive results, how do you focus your team’s imagination into practical outputs? Josh Linkner helps you make the leap from whiteboard to tangible results. How do you ensure your best ideas don’t get lost during execution? How do you maintain a creative culture through the realities of your hyper–‐competitive world? How do you drive everyday creativity and direct it toward specific, measurable gains? You will be energized by the answers to these questions and more in this fast–‐ moving, fun, and interactive session.
- 7 Steps to a Creative Culture
Despite today’s ultra–‐competitive environment, companies like Zappos, Groupon, and Facebook have enjoyed tremendous growth and profitability. The leaders of hyper–‐growth companies often credit a culture of innovation as the primary driver of their success. In this interactive session, Josh shares proven philosophies and practices to help you build and maintain a creative culture. In turn, you will enjoy breakaway growth and success by unleashing your organization’s most powerful hidden natural asset: human creativity.
- 5 Big Ideas from Starting 5 Companies
Celebrated five–‐time entrepreneur Josh Linkner shares five big ideas that can transform your organization and career. Expanded from his highly acclaimed TED talk, Josh takes audiences through a journey of entrepreneurship. From triumphant victories to crushing defeats, audiences will be gripped with drama,
insights, and inspiration throughout this exciting talk. These philosophies can be immediately implemented to drive breakaway success and seize your full potential.
- The Art of Real–‐Time Innovation*
In today’s complex environment, we rarely have total clarity before leaping into action. In order to win in a hyper–‐speed and challenging landscape, business leaders must execute in the face of ambiguity. They must have the ability to innovate in real–‐time and adapt to constantly changing conditions. Jazz musician, author, and entrepreneur Josh Linkner takes the audience through a captivating experience using jazz improvisation as a metaphor for tapping creativity in challenging circumstances. Accompanied by local jazz musicians, Linkner performs jazz guitar throughout this interactive session and helps the audience view their careers through the eyes of a musical artist. Rich with examples, stories, and live music, the session concludes with the audience creating their own jazz composition that is then performed (and improvised on) by Josh and the musicians. In addition to the highly entertaining nature of this performance, the audience takes away memorable examples and specific techniques to help them inject creativity and improvisation into their own lives, organizations, and careers.
*Please note there is an additional fee for The Art of Real–‐Time Innovation due to the additional planning and execution required.