Josh Linkner 2018-02-08T18:07:44+00:00

Project Description

Josh LinknerJosh Linkner

Making the World More Creative

Josh Linkner is the New York Times Bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top 10 business books of 2011. Josh is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Together with business partners Earvin “Magic” Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Josh is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. Josh is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan.

Josh is the Founder, Chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands.

Prior to ePrize, Josh was the founder and CEO of three other successful technology companies. He has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. Josh is a regular columnist for Forbes and Inc. Magazine, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, USA Today, and The New York Times. Josh is also a Berklee-trained professional jazz guitarist performing regularly in jazz clubs throughout the United States.

Most importantly, Josh is on a mission to make the world more creative.

Speaking overview

What’s the riskiest move a company can make today? Doing the same-old same-old. Hugging the status quo. Staying the course in spite of a changing marketplace. In a world economy that can flip in a nanosecond, thinking that the future will follow the past is the fast road to obsolescence. What’s the antidote? Igniting your company’s creativity. Finding new routes to growth, profitability, and innovation with Josh Linkner.

Josh jolts organizations and people worldwide, helping them recharge their creativity to reawaken companies and careers. A New York Times Bestselling author, successful four-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist and well-respected jazz musician, Josh bridges the gap between the arts and business to help audiences maximize their creative potential. Josh teaches, inspires, and entertains. He is on a mission to make the world more creative by providing powerful, fun, and practical techniques that push individuals at all levels of organizations to jumpstart their creative energy.

Applying Josh’s proprietary system, Disciplined Dreaming™, you will notice immediate and profound results. You will unleash hidden creativity and fresh thinking in every setting – from your weekly staff meeting to major innovation sessions to new product breakthroughs. You will tap into a deep well of inspiration and new ideas, any one of which could dramatically alter your company, career, or your life. You will come alive with supercharged wonder and curiosity, improved leadership, performance, and overall enjoyment of life. Key benefits include:

  • Get unstuck – break free from myths and barriers to unleash creativity
  • Tap into the hidden brainpower inside yourself and your company
  • Establish an ongoing system to nurture and harvest your team’s best ideas
  • Avoid costly mistakes of flawed idea selection and measurement
  • Increase your ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Learn how to adapt more quickly and proactively to changes in the marketplace
  • Apply focused creativity to specific business problems of all sizes and shapes


Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Break Through Creativity

Leaning Forward: Surviving / Winning in the Future of Interactive Marketing

Topic Titles

Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

A Streetfighters’s Guide to Reinvention: Lessons From the Front Lines of Detroit’s Rebirth

Entrepreneurial Fire: think and Act Like a Startup (Even If You’re Not)

Gravity Defying Leadership: Unleashing Your Organization’s Creative Mojo

The Music of Business: Translating Improvisational Thinking From the Jazz Stage to Business


List of Past Clients

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Visa Inc.
  • Heineken
  • Frito-lay
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Mercedes Benz
  • ABC Television
  • Sony
  • Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)
  • Deloitte