Josh Linkner

To Josh Linkner, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress, and as
such, he’s spent his career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption. The five-time
successful tech entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and CEO delivers a clear call to action —
it’s better to innovate and disrupt your organization before your competition does. The
riskiest move companies can make today is hugging the status quo — believing the
future will be like the past is the fast road to obsolescence.
To get to know Josh, one can explore the six interconnected aspects of his work:
1. Entrepreneur & CEO. Josh was the founder and CEO of five successful
technology companies over the last 26 years. Josh is Founder and former CEO of
ePrize, the world’s largest interactive promotion agency that provides digital
marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands. Each of his five startups enjoyed
successful exits with a combined value of over $200 million. He’s been involved
in the launch and growth of over 100 businesses, raised over $150 million of
venture capital, employed thousands of people and fought through the dot-com
crash, 9/11 and the 2008 financial meltdown. His extraordinary business
accomplishments led him to be honored twice as the Ernst & Young
“Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a President Barack Obama “Champion of
Change” Award recipient.
2. Author & Thought Leader. Josh’s first book, Disciplined Dreaming – A Proven
System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity was a New York Times bestseller and
named one of 2011’s top ten business titles by It is now available
in 13 languages. His second book, The Road to Reinvention – How to Drive
Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, was also named a NY Times Bestseller
in its first week on bookshelves and was named the 2014 Best
Leadership/Management Book by 800-CEO-READ. His most recent book, Hacking
Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers, is a
powerful look into redirecting the techniques of cybercriminals to drive
meaningful outcomes in our companies, careers and communities. He is a
regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work
has been featured consistently in the media, including The Wall Street
Journal, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and The New York Times.
3. Venture Capital Investor. As Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners,
Josh remains at the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship. He
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oversees a $60 million venture fund investing in tech startups with the goal of
revitalizing his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
4. Keynote Speaker. Consistently ranked one of the top speakers on innovation,
creativity, and reinvention, Josh brings an artistic flair while delivering powerful,
inspiring, and practical keynotes and workshops. His presentations are
customized for every event, ensuring a highly relevant and valuable
outcome. Through his talks, Josh has inspired over 500,000 people across four
5. Jazz Musician. Beginning at age eight, Josh became a dedicated musician. He
began performing professionally at age 13, and later attended the prestigious
Berklee College of Music. Still a professional-level jazz guitarist, Josh often
injects live musical performances into his keynote presentations in a unique and
memorable fashion. He brings a jazz musician’s commitment to creativity and
improvisation to the business world, offering a distinctive perspective to growth
and leadership.
6. Detroiter. Deeply passionate about his hometown, Josh is playing a key role in
the much-publicized turnaround of Detroit, Michigan. A multi-generational
Detroiter, he is working on the front lines to reinvent his troubled city.