The online home of bestselling author, venture capitalist, entrepreneur and keynote speaker Josh Linkner
Our biggest moments of growth often come from our darkest moments of adversity.
Doing what you're told, following the rules, and avoiding mistakes is a surefire path to mediocrity.
Continuous reinvention is the critical ingredient of success, in both business and life.
As a keynote speaker, my greatest reward is helping others seize their full potential.
Someday, someone will come along and put you out of business. It might as well be you.
Josh Linkner: Driving Creative Disruption
Josh is passionate about making the world more creative and helping people seize their full potential. He accomplishes this through his work as an author, innovation keynote speaker, entrepreneur, high-growth CEO, venture capitalist, and urban reinventor. Here’s a quick snapshot of his credentials:
NY Times Bestselling Author, Disciplined Dreaming – A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
Four-time tech entrepreneur, serving as CEO of each over the last 20+ years
Top-rated keynote speaker delivering inspiring talks on creativity, innovation, and reinvention
CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
Founder and former CEO/Chariman of ePrize (largest interactive promotion agency in the world)
Professional jazz guitarist
Regular contributor to Inc., Forbes, and the Detroit Free Press
The Road to Reinvention
Driving Disruption and Accelerating Growth
The most successful companies, brands, and individuals make reinvention a regular part of their business strategies. Transformation demands an ongoing process of discovery and imagination, and The Road to Reinvention lays out a systematic approach for continually challenging and reinventing yourself and your business.
Disciplined Dreaming: The New York Times Bestseller
We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth is through creativity—at all levels of an organization.
Disciplined Dreaming will give you a creative skill-set in an age in which creativity represents the only sustainable competitive advantage. The methodology is simple, backed by proven results, and demonstrated through stories and examples.
“Josh, thank you again for presenting today at the CMO Summit. You were fabulous and we have received wonderful feedback!
Katherine Twells, Group Director, The Coca-Cola Company
“You were amazing!”
Sandra E. Pierce, CEO, Charter One Bank, RBS Citizens, N.A.
“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. It is a journey that will lead to better ideas and breakthrough thinking—and those who take it will also have a lot of fun along the way.”
Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
“The State Department would like to express our sincere thanks. It has truly been a great success working with Josh.”
Amanda J. Batt, U.S. Department of State
“Linkner hit the ball out of the park!”
Marco Forte, Vice President, ABC Television Network
“Josh's presentation was perfect. The content was spot on and you could tell he really prepped. I would highly recommend Josh to other clients if they are looking to unlock the power of creativity across their organization.”
Stuart Beck, Frito-Lay North America
“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!”
Julian Hua, Visa
“I felt compelled to send you on a short email to let you know quite how blown away I was 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, Heineken
“Josh brought a great source of refreshing content about creativity in business that was just what our Inc. GrowCo Conference needed. His energy and enthusiasm about the topic inspired attendees and gave them takeaways to implement in their own companies. Josh has a strong stage presence and was extremely easy to work with.”
Karlie Krieger, Director of Events, Inc. Magazine
“On a dreary winter afternoon, Josh raised the energy level at our quarterly team meeting with thought-provoking discussion on creativity and leadership. His passion is contagious. The concepts discussed were supported with both qualitative and quantitative data so it appealed to both left and right-brained colleagues. We were engaged throughout and left the meeting fired up!”
Lauren Rosinski, Deloitte Consulting
“I just wanted to drop you an email to say a big thanks again for today. The feedback I have heard has been incredibly positive, and I think it really contributed to the strong outcomes for the real work we went on to do over the day. It was definitely the first time I’ve heard someone from Sony Japan feedback to a room as Yoda! I also really appreciated how you tailored you message to the audience from the discussions in the weeks prior to the program.”
Andrew Caldwell, Sony
“Thank you so much for keynoting The Marketing Forum. Your presentation was perfectly on target! I will send you the official evaluation numbers in a few weeks, but everyone I have spoken with so far really enjoyed your presentation. I thought it was just what we had discussed; targeted for this audience, combining a 30,000 mile view with specific takeaways to implement now.”
“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.”
“Josh Linkner is the perfect model of what one should want from a speaker. During the planning and preparation period, he is accessible, flexible, engaged, attentive, and truly invested in understanding the client, the objectives, and the desired outcomes. His passion and love for championing and teaching creativity is clear in his energy, his well-designed stories/case studies, and in the overall presentation of his topic. If you are thinking of working with Josh, stop thinking – just do it.”
Len Herstein, CEO, ManageCamp, Inc.
“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.”
Nia Bates, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Viacom
“The message about creativity and innovation was excellent. It was clear, well researched, engaging and kept the attention of the audience. Your use of stories, facts and humor made the time fly by. I had several people come up to me afterword and thank me for having you come in and speak to the group. They were energized and excited to put the principles in play.”