Innovation Keynote Speaker Josh Linkner
World-renowned innovation expert, 5-time tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and #1 most booked innovation keynote speaker.
Josh Linkner delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes to drive meaningful outcomes worldwide. He is the perfect balance of energizing and practical, entertaining and result-focused, fun and impactful. As an innovation keynote speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author, successful five-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist, national columnist and well-respected jazz musician, Josh blends deep, real-world experience with a magnetic stage presence to help people and organizations thrive. Every talk is customized to drive the biggest possible impact, combining engaging stories, gorgeous visuals, and practical techniques that push audiences to jumpstart their creative energy and solve challenges in fresh, innovative ways.
Josh Linkner is the go-to expert on innovation for many of the world’s top brands and most influential leaders. He has nearly three decades of research and practical innovation experience, ranging from product and marketing innovations, to creative processes and operations, to building a culture of innovation. His innovative approach to business has provided the opportunity to serve on 83 corporate boards, create over 8700 jobs, and invest in over 100 startups. With deep expertise, a captivating stage performance, and high-touch / high-service focus, Josh will deliver extraordinary value at your next corporate meeting or event.
Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist – personifies innovation, entrepreneurship, and breakthrough disruption. He has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.
Josh is a New York Times Bestselling author, and an internationally recognized expert on innovation and applied creativity. His first book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity (2011), become one of the most definitive works on the topic of innovation, and has since been published in 14 languages. His other two books, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation (2014), and Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers (2017), have both received critical acclaim and have pushed the boundaries of business leaders worldwide.
Josh is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and/or mentoring over 100 startups. Today he serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, enablement and consulting firm.
Josh has twice been named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times.
He is the father of four, a passionate Detroiter, and yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.
Topics and Outcomes
Innovation in Action
THE TOP 10 REASONS WHY JOSH IS THE PERFECT FIT
With 29+ years as an active CEO, he’s a proven business leader with deep real-world experience. Audiences will relate to Josh’s substance and depth.
Josh’s talks are interactive, fast-moving, and entertaining. Your audience will be fully engaged and leaning forward.
8. UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
As a five-time tech entrepreneur, professional 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 won’t see bullet point lists or text-heavy screens with Josh. Instead, audiences are dazzled with high-resolution photography, energizing 4K video clips, memorable props, and gorgeous visual transitions.
4. CAPTIVATING STORIES
Concepts are delivered through rich storytelling — 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 CRAFTED
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 will make 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.