Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert
Josh Linkner is on a mission to make the world more creative. Named the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a “President Barack Obama Champion of Change” award recipient, Linkner both inspires and entertains: in speeches and workshops alike, he provides powerful and practical techniques to jumpstart creativity, getting people thinking out of the box in business and at home.
Linkner was the founder and CEO of four successful technology companies over the past 24 years. He was 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 and CEO of three other successful technology companies. Each of his start-ups 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.
Linkner is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Together with business partners Earvin “Magic” Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, he is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. He is also Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan.
As a writer, Linkner is the author of the bestselling Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and his second book, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation, was named a New York Times bestseller in its first week on store shelves and was named the 2014 Best Leadership/Management Book by 800-CEO-READ.
Linkner 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.