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Josh Linkner

Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Creativity Expert

Josh Linkner Headshot 3 May 2023
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Creating Unstoppable Momentum
Curiosity: A Fundamental Building Block of Creativity
Josh Linkner Headshot 3 May 2023
Speaker Reel
Creating Unstoppable Momentum
Curiosity: A Fundamental Building Block of Creativity

New York Times bestselling author Josh Linkner is a rare blend of business, art, and science. Over the last 30 years, he’s been the founder and CEO of five tech companies — which created over 10,000 jobs and sold for a combined value of over $200 million — and has helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. Today, as the co-founder and chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm, he’s helping leaders “find a way” through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

In addition to Platypus Labs, Linkner is the co-founder and managing partner of Muditā Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in ground-breaking technologies. He’s twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

While proud of his business success, Linker’s roots are in the world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world. Linkner’s experience in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • The creativity gap is real and it’s getting worse. Josh Linkner challenges you to become a disruptive force for change, and I hope you will.

  • Josh Linkner is the perfect model of what one should want from a speaker. During the planning and preparation period, he is accessible, flexible, engaged, attentive, and truly invested in understanding the client, the objectives, and the desired outcomes. His passion and love for championing and teaching creativity is clear in his energy, his well-designed stories/case studies, and in the overall presentation of his topic. If you are thinking of working with Josh, stop thinking – just do it.

  • The message about creativity and innovation was excellent. It was clear, well researched, engaging and kept the attention of the audience. Your use of stories, facts and humor made the time fly by. I had several people come up to me afterword and thank me for having you come in and speak to the group. They were energized and excited to put the principles in play.

  • Josh brought a great source of refreshing content about creativity in business that was just what our Inc. GrowCo Conference needed. His energy and enthusiasm about the topic inspired attendees and gave them takeaways to implement in their own companies. Josh has a strong stage presence and was extremely easy to work with. Building a 6-time Inc. 500 company as well as writing a bestseller, he clearly knows what it is like to run a fast-growing company and lead an entrepreneurial lifestyle. We were thoroughly pleased to have Josh and will continue to seek out Josh for future speaking opportunities.

  • In today’s fiercely competitive global marketplace, the most important resource any business has is the creative thinking of its people. Josh Linkner lays out a road map that will guide individuals, teams, and companies to higherlevels of creativity. It is a journey that will lead to better ideas and breakthrough thinking-and those who take it will also have a lot of fun along the way.

  • The scope of Josh’s creativity message transcends easily from applications for an entry level employee to its importance to our ability to compete as a nation. But as passionate as Josh is about innovation and creativity, it is his deep need to make a difference in his community and in the lives of others that really brings his message home. 100% genuine.

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