Hi, I'm Josh.
From an early age, I always felt a bit odd and sometimes out of place.
To be clear, I didn't feel superior. Quite the opposite, I was filled with self-doubt and insecurity and couldn't help questioning the way things were. I just usually felt weird (I still do, sometimes).
To navigate my early years living in a single-parent household in Detroit, I had to Find A Way. And as a misfit, this meant making my own way. A way that was unorthodox, unexpected, and unusual.
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I had to rely on ingenuity, creativity, and reading between the lines—attributes that we all have as human beings.
That creative approach helped launch my ‘early careers’—starting an (illegal) fireworks business at 11, playing my first paid gig at a jazz club at 13, and becoming the highest-ranking incoming jazz guitarist at the Berklee College of Music at 17.
Since then, I’ve had some nice wins. And also my fair share of failures, setbacks, and disappointments.
The wins I’ve enjoyed came directly from developing ingenuity and creativity, skills that can also help you achieve the remarkable.
Outside of the external markers, I’m most proud of the impact I’ve been able to make as I continue to grow as a collaborator, husband, and father of four. And I’m still a work in progress.
These days, I’m the Managing Partner and co-founder of Mudita Venture Partners, a venture capital firm with a soul.
We invest in early-stage software companies that have the potential to change the way we work, learn, and live. I’m also the Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, a research, consulting, and training company that helps leaders spark, activate, and amplify cultures of innovation.
Add in around 80 keynotes a year, trying to keep my guitar chops one step ahead of rusty, and doing my best to be supportive and present for my wife (Tia), kids (Noah, Chloe, Avi, and Tallia), and our 3.5-pound Yorkie (DaVinci); I’m blessed with a full and busy life.
Keynotes + Workshops
Curated keynotes and hands-on workshops to spark a mindset and movement of everyday creativity, agility and resilience for every box on your org chart.
Your “Innovation-as-a-Service” partner with a systematic approach to inspiring, activating, and amplifying org-wide innovation cultures.
A venture fund with a soul building a better future through invention, divergent thinking, and a non-traditional approach of generosity and compassion.