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Josh Linkner

4-TIME TECH ENTREPRENEUR, HYPER-GROWTH CEO, NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, VENTURE CAPITALIST, AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON A MISSION TO DRIVE CREATIVITY, INNOVATION, AND REINVENTION.

Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist - personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.

Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young 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. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

       
TOPICS COVERED
  • Harnessing innovation: turning raw ideas into powerful results
  • The gravity-defying leader: innovative approaches to hyper-growth leadership
  • Entrepreneurial fire: think and act like a startup (even if you’re not)
  • The music of business: translating improvisational thinking from the jazz stage to the business world
  • A streetfighter’s guide to reinvention – lessons from the front lines of detroit’s rebirth
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