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Josh Linkner

Successful Entrepreneur and Author
Country: USA

Keynote speaker 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.

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Josh Linkner – who started out as a jazz guitarist – personifies entrepreneurship, creativity and disruptive innovation.  He has founded four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

Josh has written two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring more than 100 startups.

Josh has on two occassions been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and he is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for ForbesThe Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine.  His work on innovation has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. In addition to all this, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

    Keynote by Speaker Josh Linkner

    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 organisation. His inspiring presentation delivers practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom line results.


    Keynote by Speaker Josh Linkner

    A Streetfighter’s Guide to Reinvention: Lessons from the Frontline 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. Linker’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.


    Keynote by Speaker Josh Linkner

    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 this mavericks seize opportunity that others miss? A five time successful tech entrepreneur, Linkner shows leaders and organisations 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.


    Keynote by Speaker Josh Linkner

    Gravity Defying Leadership: Unleashing Your Organisation’s Creative Mojo

    With disruptive forces assaulting business from every direction, creativity has been labelled the single most important attribute. To succeed leaders must be focused on creating a resilient culture where everyone’s engaged; a torrent of fresh, creative ideas needs to grow from every level of the organisation. 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 bu effective framework to ramp up the creativity and identify/launch ideas that will break through and defy gravity.


    Keynote by Speaker Josh Linkner

    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 organisation’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 by jazz musicians (a.k.a ‘real time innovators’) to help you develop your own ability to improvise and establish creative team dynamics.

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