Keynote Speaker Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

Top Innovation Speaker, Tech Entrepreneur, and New York Times Bestselling Author

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $30,001 - $40,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Michigan, USA

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About Speaker Josh Linkner…

Josh Linkner is a top innovation keynote speaker, Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, jazz guitarist, and the New York Times bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity. Josh provides audiences with meaningful tools, frameworks, and techniques that can be immediately applied to real-world business challenges.

Josh Linkner Full Bio…

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

Why Josh Linkner?

  1. Relatable– With 20+ years as an active CEO, he’s a proven business leader with deep real-world experience.
  1. Engaging– Josh’s talks are interactive, fast-moving, and entertaining.
  1. 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.
  1. Real Takeaway Value– Your audience will leave with meaningful tools, frameworks, and techniques that can be immediately applied to real-world challenges.
  1. High Energy / Inspiring– Josh’s enthusiasm consistently inspires audiences.  Guests will depart fired up, energized, and ready to reach new heights.
  1. Visually Stunning– Audiences are dazzled with high-resolution photography, energizing HD video clips, memorable props, and gorgeous visual transitions.
  1. Captivating Stories– Concepts are delivered through rich story telling — not boring professorial directives.
  1. Zero Drama– No outrageous demands.  No diva-like requests.  Instead, Josh is professional, accommodating, and easy to work with at every step.
  1. Custom– Josh takes the time to learn about your organization, audience, and key objectives.
  1. High Impact– Josh will make every minute count. He will do whatever it takes to ensure your event is a roaring success.

Josh is a New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized expert on innovation and applied creativity. His first book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity (2011), become one of the most definitive works on the topic of innovation, and has since been published in 13 languages. His other two books, The Road to Reinvention (2014), and Hacking Innovation (2017) have both received critical acclaim and have pushed the boundaries of business leaders worldwide.

Josh is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and/or mentoring over 100 startups. Today he serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, enablement and consulting firm.

Josh has twice been named the EY 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. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times.

He is the father of four, a passionate Detroiter, and yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Testimonials 7

  • “I was blown away by your presentation to us yesterday in London. It was quite literally one of the most motivating and thought provoking two hours of my professional career.”

    Robert Cunningham


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

    Katherine Twells

    Group Director, The Coca-Cola Company

  • “Josh brought a great source of refreshing content about creativity in business that was just what our conference needed. His energy and enthusiasm about the topic inspired attendees and gave them takeaways to implement in their own companies.”

    Karlie Krieger

    Director of Events, Inc. Magazine

  • “In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace, the most important resource any business has is the creative thinking of its people. Josh Linkner lays out a road map that will guide individuals, teams, and companies to higher levels of creativity.”

    Bill Ford

    Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company

  • “Your presentation was phenomenal. I’m leaving today with renewed energy, ideas and enthusiasm.”

    Erica Oppenheimer

    Associated Financial Group

  • Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Thank you Josh, you nailed your message and nicely incorporated our company into your talk.”

    Gregory F. Molinar, Ph.D.


  • It was quite literally one of the most motivating and thought provoking  two hours of my professional career. I was blown away!

    Robert Cunningham


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