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Meet Josh

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  • 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

“Josh is a truly special entrepreneur.” -Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon

“Josh Linkner is a tremendous business leader who has established a successful and sustainable company, as well as a culture that nurtures employees to help them maximize their potential.” – Hon. Jennifer M. Granholm, former governor, State of Michigan

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Josh Linkner believes that creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress. As such, he’s spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption.   His journey has been non-traditional at every step:  he’s been a celebrated four-time tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, New York Times bestselling author, top-ranked innovation keynote speaker, venture capitalist, professional jazz musician and urban reinventor.

Today, Linkner is the NY Times Bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011 by Amazon.com.  He is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan by backing passionate entrepreneurs who can make an impact through their own innovative ideas.

Josh is the founder and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world serving 74 of the top 100 brands.  He also founded, built, and successfully sold three other technology companies.  The businesses he’s founded have sold for a combined value of over $250 million. He has also been on the Board of Directors of over 50 organizations including startups, a major hospital system, and several non-profits.  He has been involved in raising over $120 million of venture capital and has served as an advisor to hundreds of businesses worldwide.

As a regular contributor to Inc., Forbes, and the Detroit Free Press, Josh’s inspiring message of creative leadership and personal success has reached millions around the world.  He has been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was a President Barack Obama Champion of Change Award recipient.  His forthcoming book – The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation – will be released in May, 2014 and is widely expected to set the new standard on the topic of reinvention.

Josh lives in Detroit, Michigan and is playing an active role in the city’s rebirth.  And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.