Media & Gaming Tech Keynotes

"...unlocks the techniques behind remarkable innovations."

— ERIC SCHURENBERG

CEO, Fast Company & Inc.

Embrace changing marketing, customer, and technology landscapes with a breakthrough mindset and proven innovation frameworks from Media & Gaming Tech speaker Josh Linkner.

Key trends and opportunities that Josh helps Media & Gaming Tech leaders navigate

Key trends and opportunities that Josh helps Media & Gaming Tech leaders navigate

For over 30 years, Josh has advised leaders in the media and entertainment space, helping them embrace changing marketing, customer, and technology landscapes. From the five companies that he founded and built to his innovation consulting practice, Josh and his team have served some of the most prolific companies in the field, including Disney, Comcast, Viacom, Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Thomson Reuters, Gannett, Activision Blizzard, and Warner Music.

Carriage Agreements as Change Agents

In the realm of media and entertainment, we stand on the precipice of transformative change. 

 Carriage agreements, long the bedrock of traditional pay-TV models, are evolving into dynamic instruments of innovation. This pivot reflects a keen understanding of consumer frustration with bloated packages and unused channels. Media companies, in a high-wire act of strategic agility, are navigating the delicate balance between the profitability of linear networks and the explosive growth potential of streaming services. This evolution underscores a broader lesson in adaptive change: the power of creative problem-solving to redefine industry norms and consumer experiences, turning challenges into opportunities for growth and engagement​​.

AI Adoption Gains Steam

As we sail into the uncharted waters of technological advancement, AI emerges as a beacon of innovation within the media industry.

Companies are not just experimenting; they're diving deep into the GenAI pool, exploring its vast potential to revolutionize content creation, distribution, and monetization. This journey isn't without its hurdles—investment risks, quality control, and ethical considerations loom large. Yet, it embodies the quintessential spirit of creativity and adaptability. By harnessing AI, the industry is poised to unlock unprecedented levels of productivity and growth, illustrating a compelling case for the power of disruptive innovation to drive forward progress​​.

Resurgence of Live Events

The return of live events to pre-pandemic glory is a compelling example of resilience and the inherent value of shared experiences.

  As these events begin to draw crowds once more, surpassing industry averages in revenue growth, they highlight a fundamental aspect of human nature: our desire for connection and the unique joy found in live interactions. This growth, impressive and rapid, underscores the principle that focusing on core human needs—such as the longing for community and shared excitement—can drive remarkable recovery and growth, even in sectors hit hard by global challenges​​. Further, the intersection of technology-enabled live experiences - exemplified by the Las Vegas Sphere - open up bold new possibilities for both creators and business leaders alike.

Podcasting's Mainstream Adoption

Podcasting's ascent to a mainstream medium underscores the power of gradual, consistent improvement.

 From humble beginnings, the industry has evolved, driven by a focus on quality, storytelling, and audience engagement. This shift, marked by professional production and diverse content, mirrors the principle that incremental changes can lead to significant shifts in consumption and production. As the number of listeners and the diversity of content continue to grow, the industry's evolution reflects the cumulative effect of numerous creators and investors improving and diversifying the podcast landscape, thereby broadening its appeal and accessibility.

Gaming's Expanding Influence

From a business perspective, the evolution of gaming is profoundly linked to the integration of social experiences.

Online platforms are transitioning from mere game hosts to comprehensive social ecosystems. This shift not only broadens the market by attracting diverse user groups but also introduces novel revenue models centered around community, content creation, and shared experiences. Evidence suggests that fostering these interactive communities can lead to sustained engagement, driving both growth and innovation in the entertainment sector.

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Hi, I'm Josh.

Josh Linkner — a New York Times bestselling author — is a rare blend of business, art, and science.

On the business front, he’s been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which created over 10,000 jobs and sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā Venture Partners - an early-stage venture capital firm investing in groundbreaking technologies.

Over the last 30 years, he’s helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. He’s twice been named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

For over 30 years, Josh has advised leaders in the Media & Gaming Tech space, helping them embrace changing marketing, customer and technology landscapes. From the five companies that he founded and built, to his innovation consulting practice, Josh and his team have served some of the most prolific companies in the field including Disney, Comcast, Viacom, Sony Pictures, NBC/Universal, Thomson Reuters, Gannett, Activision Blizzard and Warner Music.

While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world.

His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation. Josh is the co-founder and Chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm.

Today, he’s on a mission to help leaders Find A Way™ through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

Keynote Topics
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Find A WayTM

Every problem can be solved, and every opportunity can be seized. Through a proven innovative framework, you'll discover new paths to explosive growth, competitive advantage, and sustainable results.

Expand organization-wide capability for creative problem-solving and inventive thinking.

Big Little BreakthroughsTM

Instead of high-risk moonshots, the most innovative leaders cultivate a high volume of ‘micro-innovations’ and build a culture of everyday innovation.

Gain the tools to become an everyday innovator.

The Music of Business

What business leaders can learn about agility, collaboration, creativity, and performance under pressure from the mysterious world of jazz.

Inject artistry and agility into your business through an unforgettable, interactive experience.

*Please note this topic requires additional talent + gear.  Accordingly, additional costs apply.

The Innovative Leader

Become an unstoppable force by unlocking your and your team's ingenuity, gaining confidence, and boosting results in times of dramatic uncertainty and disruption.

Elevate your capacity to lead and win in volatile times.

Disciplined DreamingTM

A proven system for driving breakthrough creativity. Learn how to balance raw imagination with business rigor to achieve profound and predictable results.

Boost creativity and rigor simultaneously to achieve better outcomes.

Rethink. Reboot.
Reinvent.

The business you’ll be running in five years will be dramatically different than today. Unlock the definitive playbook on reinvention, relevancy, and sustainable success.

Gain the confidence to venture into the unknown and thrive, no matter what the future brings.

Innovation in the Age of AI

A modern framework to unlock sustained profitable growth at the intersection of technology and human creativity.

Josh shows you how the path forward involves integrating human creativity with artificial intelligence to thrive amidst uncertainty, rapid change, and disruption.

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5 Ways Josh Turns Your Event Up To "11"

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Sparks a mindset & movement.

His authentic, relatable, research-backed content - with real-world case studies and a high-energy delivery - will inspire your audience to uncover and activate new opportunities every day.

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Moves your team into action.

Your audience will not only be energized, motivated, and inspired, they’ll become better equipped with specific tools, frameworks, and techniques to drive meaningful results in the months and years ahead.

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Handcrafted, not canned.

Josh takes the time to listen deeply before custom-building a keynote experience just for you. This ensures that every minute is on-point, relevant, and targeted to your unique challenges and opportunities.

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Real and accessible.

Josh applies Find A Way™ principles in his everyday work as a leader, venture capitalist, musician, and author. Leaders inspired by his keynote often reach out to him for help finding a way in their everyday work.

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Impact - 11, Drama - 0.

Coming from a place of humility and service, Josh believes that a great keynote is about the audience, not the speaker. Meeting professionals often call Josh one of the best keynote speakers to work with.