Josh Linkner

Entrepreneur, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Venture Capitalist

BIO

Josh was the founder and CEO of four successful technology companies over the last 24 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. Prior to ePrize, he was founder/CEO of three other successful technology companies. Each of his four 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.

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 Amazon.com.  It is now available in 13 languages.  He second book, The Road to Reinvention – How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, was also named a New York Times Bestseller in its first week on bookshelves and was named the 2014 Best Leadership/Management Book by 800-CEO-READ. 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 JournalHarvard Business Review, USA Today, and The New York Times.

As Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Josh remains at the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship.  He oversees a $60 million venture fund investing in tech startups with the goal of revitalizing his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Josh was the founder and CEO of four successful technology companies over the last 24 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. Prior to ePrize, he was founder/CEO of three other successful technology companies. Each of his four 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.

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 Amazon.com.  It is now available in 13 languages.  He second book, The Road to Reinvention – How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, was also named a New York Times Bestseller in its first week on bookshelves and was named the 2014 Best Leadership/Management Book by 800-CEO-READ. 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 JournalHarvard Business Review, USA Today, and The New York Times.

As Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Josh remains at the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship.  He oversees a $60 million venture fund investing in tech startups with the goal of revitalizing his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

SPEECH TOPICS

A Streetfighter’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)

Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results

The Gravity-Defying Leader: Innovative Approaches to Hyper-Growth Leadership

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