HELLO, NICE TO MEET YOU.
Probably JUST like you, I’m a strange mix of things
... A DAD AND HUSBAND (4 kids; hopelessly in love with my wife)
... AN INNOVATION EXPERT (studying human creativity for 30+ years)
... A TECH STARTUP LEADER (started, built, and sold five companies. Had plenty of failures, too)
... AN AUTHOR (three books on innovation, creativity and reinvention)
... A JAZZ GUITAR PLAYER (obsessed with playing complex and dangerous jazz classics. Been making mistakes for 40 years. Crazy, right?)
... A KEYNOTE SPEAKER (man, do I love inspiring audiences to action)
... AN INTENSE CAFFEINE JUNKIE (make mine a double)
... A VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTOR (invested in over 100 startups)
... A CREATIVE TROUBLEMAKER (sure is fun to break some rules, no?)
... A PIZZA LOVER (all kinds, but Detroit-style is the world’s best)
BLOWING THINGS UP FOR DECADES
I started my first business in 1981 -- selling illegal fireworks to kids at my school. That didn't work out too well, although thankfully no fingers were lost. But since that thrilling moment of creating something out of nothing, I've been hooked.
I've been building and creating things ever since.
I've enjoyed some magnificent business wins, along with my share of crushing failures. Started and sold five companies. Hired nearly 10,000 people. Served on 83 corporate boards. Penned three books. Helped rebuild my hometown of Detroit (proudly born in the city, not the suburbs.)
I don't share this to be boastful; I have more flaws than I can count. (my wife Tia agrees, and is delivering a gigantic eye-roll of confirmation at this moment). The only reason I’ve had any success is by tapping into a superpower that we all share.
Truth is, we’re all creative. That’s what makes us alive. And when cultivated, that powerful force can become a massive business advantage.
You can win big by tapping into your creativity. We all can. When we get creative, incredible things happen. Business grow. Families thrive. Communities flourish.
I hope we can team up to unleash creativity. Let's shatter conventional wisdom and defy traditions. Let's rethink what's possible.
Let's go blow up some fresh things, together.
THE OBLIGATORY BIO
FOR THE PRECISION-TYPES THAT LOVE TO READ THE DETAILS
JOSH LINKNER is a Creative Troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar.
He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million and is the author of four books including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners.
Today, Josh serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.
Josh is also a passionate Detroiter, the father of four, is a professional-level jazz guitarist, and has a slightly odd obsession for greasy pizza.
ENOUGH ABOUT ME...
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE IF YOU...
...WANT TO GAIN COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE AND DRIVE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH
... NEED A KEYNOTE SPEAKER WHO WILL INSPIRE AND ENERGIZE YOUR AUDIENCE
... KNOW YOU CAN BECOME MORE CREATIVE BUT MAY NEED SOME HELP DUSTING OFF THE COBWEBS
... REALIZE THE NEED TO MAKE EVERYONE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION AN EVERYDAY INNOVATOR