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Josh Linkner Tech Entrepreneur, CEO, Author, Venture Capitalist, Professional Jazz Guitarist, Host of Creative Troublemakers Podcast, Keynote Speaker on a Mission to Drive Creativity, Innovation, and Reinvention

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  • BIG LITTLE BREAKTHROUGHS: How small, everyday ideas drive gigantic results
  • FIND A WAY: Expand creative problem solving to tackle the challenges of COVID-19
  • THE 5 MINDSETS OF INNOVATION: How the world's most innovative leaders think and act
  • THE MUSIC OF BUSINESS: Problem solving, collaboration and agility from the dangerous world of jazz music
  • THE CREATIVITY UPGRADE: Lead your team to the next level of innovation, growth, and sustainable success
  • THINK AND ACT LIKE A STARTUP: How celebrity entrepreneurs generate game-changing solutions

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  • 2021 Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results
  • 2017 HACKING INNOVATION - The new growth model from the sinister world of hackers
  • 2014 The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation
  • 2011 Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

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.

Josh 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.


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