Selecting the perfect keynote speaker for your upcoming venture capital or private equity event is an important decision. Entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and bestselling author Josh Linkner will bring your event to life with his extensive experience and unique perspective in venture capital and private equity.

Linkner is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55 million early-stage tech fund helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit through entrepreneurship.  Throughout his twenty-five-year career, he’s raised over $100 million of venture capital and been involved in the funding or launch of over one hundred startups.  He was the sole founder of four tech companies, which sold for a combined exit value of over $200 million.  He has deep experience in the venture capital, private equity and startup finance arenas – from being on both sides of M&A deals to large-scale recaps to funding from seed through Series D financings.  He has co-invested with industry giants including Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, and Lightbank Capital.  Additionally, Josh has delivered keynotes at dozens of venture and PE events including: Ohio Venture Association, Edison Ventures Leadership Summit, Michigan Growth Symposium, ACG Capital Summit, Turnaround Management Association, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association, Inc. Magazine’s GrowCo, and Startup Miami.  He has also spoken to many major financial institutions from banks to wealth management to credit card processors.

With extensive, personal, and direct experience as a venture capitalist and venture-funded entrepreneur, there is no better choice for a keynote for you upcoming venture capital or private equity event.  Linkner’s deep knowledge of the trends and best practices combined with an intimate understanding of the VC/PE culture and language makes him the ideal keynote speaker for your event.



The Top 10 Reasons Josh is the Perfect Keynote Speaker for Your Venture Capital or Private Equity Event

  • 10. Relatable – With 20+ years as an active CEO, he’s a proven business leader with deep real-world experience. His experience as the founding partner of a venture fund plus two decades as a venture-funded entrepreneur provide direct industry insight and knowledge.
  • 9. Engaging – Josh’s talks are interactive, fast-moving, and entertaining. Your audience will be fully engaged and leaning forward.
  • 8. 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.
  • 7. Real Takeaway Value – Your audience will leave with meaningful tools, frameworks, and techniques that can be immediately applied to real-world challenges.
  • 6. High Energy / Inspiring – Josh’s enthusiasm consistently inspires audiences. Guests will depart fired up, energized, and ready to reach new heights.
  • 5. Visually Stunning – You wont see bullet point lists or text-heavy screens with Josh. Instead, audiences are dazzled with high-resolution photography, energizing HD video clips, memorable props, and gorgeous visual transitions.
  • 4. Captivating Stories – Concepts are delivered through rich story telling — not boring professorial directives. Emotionally-charged stories help the audience retain key points while enjoying a highly entertaining experience.
  • 3. Zero Drama – No outrageous demands. No diva-like requests. Instead, Josh is professional, accommodating, and easy to work with at every step.
  • 2. Custom – Instead of a ‘canned’ speech, Josh takes the time to learn about your organization, audience, and key objectives. His presentation will be on-point, relevant, and customized to your specific needs.
  • 1. High Impact – Josh makes every minute count. Your audience will be moved and inspired while gaining practical tools to improve their performance. He will do whatever it takes to ensure your event is a roaring success.