Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

NY Times Best-Selling Author, Tech Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Innovation Expert

Speaker Categories: | Disruptive Innovation | Innovation and Creativity | Leadership | Entrepreneurship and Small Business | Business Leaders and CEOs | CEOs & Leaders | Information Technology | Young Leaders and Voices

Travels From: MI, United States.

Speaker Fee Range: $20,001 to $40,000*

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NY Times Best-Selling Author, Tech Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist and Innovation Expert

Josh Linkner (who started his career as a jazz guitarist) personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

Books

Josh is the author of four books, 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, as well as his latest book, Hacking Innovation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Accolades and Awards

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

Keynote Speaker

Josh Linkner brings a unique and diverse set of experiences to any project, and helps organizations drive creativity, innovation, and performance.  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.

Detroiter

Deeply passionate about his hometown, Josh is playing a key role in the much-publicized turnaround of Detroit, Michigan.  A multi-generational Detroiter, he is working on the front lines to reinvent his troubled city.

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 sold collectively 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.

HACKING INNOVATION - THE NEW GROWTH MODEL FROM THE SINISTER WORLD OF HACKERS

With intense competitive pressures and mind-numbing speed, leaders seek fresh approaches for growth and innovation. As old methods become commoditized, new creative problem-solving techniques are needed more than ever. Drawing inspiration from the unlikely world of hackers, NY Times bestselling author and 5-time tech entrepreneur Josh Linkner has discovered a new and powerful model for leadership and organizational success. The underworld of cybercriminals contains some of the most creative people on the planet, despite their illicit motives. In this thrilling and provocative talk, Linkner takes the audience on a mind-opening journey, showing how hacking techniques can be deployed to drive legitimate business outcomes. Learning how hackers would solve your most pressing challenges using unorthodox approaches will give you a new framework for creative problem solving, growth, and innovation. You’ll learn: Specific tools and techniques from the Five Core Mindsets and Ten Primary Tactics of Hackers Fresh approaches to complex problem solving How a hacker would approach your work if he or she had your job Why unorthodox moves can lead to the best business outcomes How to protect yourself and your company from innovation hackers of all sizes and types

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.

THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: TRANSLATING MPROVISATIONAL THINKING FROM THE JAZZ STAGE TO THE BUSINESS WORLD

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.

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.

THE GRAVITY-DEFYING LEADER: INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO HYPER-GROWTH LEADERSHIP

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 flow 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. This presentation will help leaders: Challenge assumptions and conventional wisdom Build courage to foster responsible risk-taking Authentically express your own creativity and tap into the hidden creativity of your team members Develop “everyday creativity” to attack business problems of all sizes Deploy creativity beyond R&D to reimagine processes, drive efficiency, and improve operations Uncover fresh approaches for reinvention and growth
  • Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers
    Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers Purchase Book
  • The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation
    The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation Purchase Book
  • Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
    Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity Purchase Book

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  • Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers
    Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers Purchase Book
  • The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation
    The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation Purchase Book

Testimonials

  • “Josh, thank you again for presenting today at the CMO Summit. You were fabulous and we have received wonderful feedback!”


    Coca-Cola
  • “Josh Linkner made a huge impact on our organization. His message on creativity and innovation was spot-on and his work has had a lasting effect. After hiring him for one conference where he was voted the top speaker by far, we promptly invited him back to present to a larger audience. His keynote was high-energy, interactive, and left us with specific tools and techniques to improve our creative output.”


    Mercedes Benz
  • “Josh has unmatched ability to embrace innovation. At his repeated visits to Viacom, Josh has consistently offered the strategic ideas and practical techniques necessary to drive creative thinking.”


    Viacom
  • “Josh, everyone had nothing but great things to say about your presentation. You did a wonderful job at entertaining and enlightening the crowd with your message. Thank you so much!”


    Visa
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