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Josh Linkner Five-time Tech Entrepreneur; Bestselling Author; Professional Jazz Guitarist
Josh Linkner was named "Top 100 Human Resources Influencers of 2019." GDA Speakers has booked Josh four times times recently as well as consistently being offered up in proposal for our clients on the topics of branding, entrepreneurial strategy, business growth strategy, customer relations, human resources, and human resources. As a veteran keynote speaker, Josh has a "boot camp" for speakers desiring to hone their skills and get better.
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 13 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 both Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation enablement and consulting firm, and the Institute for Applied Creativity, a research-based thought-leadership organization.
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.
He is the father of four, a passionate Detroiter, and yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.