Monday, November 18
CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners
Five-time successful tech entrepreneur; CEO Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners; bestselling author, Disciplined Dreaming – A Proven System to Drive
Josh Linkner is on a mission to help the world unleash its creative mojo. The five-time successful tech entrepreneur and CEO/Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners delivers a clear call to action — it’s better to disrupt your organization before your competition does. The riskiest move companies can make today is hugging the status quo — believing the future will be like the past is the fast road to obsolescence.
Learning to systematically jumpstart the creative energy of individuals at all levels
of the organization is essential to finding new routes to growth, profitability and
innovation. Linkner shows how to do it with clear and actionable insights that are
based on his own experience and lessons from some of the world’s best-known
brands. He inspires people with powerful, fun and practical techniques. He
ignites immediate and profound results and will show how to unleash hidden
creativity and fresh thinking in every setting – from weekly staff meetings to major
innovation sessions to new product breakthroughs. Organizations learn to tap
into a deep well of inspiration and new ideas — any one of which lead to dramatic
outcomes to leadership, innovation and performance. People come alive as they
engage their curiosity and wonder – what seemed ordinary becomes an
opportunity for new discoveries.
Linkner delivers presentations with specific take-away value that will help
• Get unstuck – break free from myths and barriers to unleash creativity
• Tap into the hidden brainpower throughout the entire organization
• Establish an ongoing system to nurture and harvest the best ideas
• Avoid costly mistakes of flawed idea selection and measurement
• Increase the ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty
• Learn how to adapt more quickly and proactively to changes in the
• Apply focused creativity to specific business problems of all sizes and shapes
Josh Linkner is a creative force — an out-of-the-box thinker whose approach to
business was forged in disruptive times. He is an entrepreneur and a respected
working jazz guitarist – a combination that accounts for his unique way of
listening to business and the marketplace. Improvisation is in his blood – a
venture capitalist that lives in the world of possibility.
His first book, Disciplined Dreaming – A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough
Creativity, outlines Linkner’s prescription for business success. The book, which
was a New York Times bestseller, was named one of 2011’s top ten business
titles by Amazon.com.
Linkner is Founder and former CEO of ePrize, the world’s largest interactive
promotion agency which 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 has been on the board of over 40
companies, raised over $100 million of venture capital, employees 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 as
the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and as a President Barack Obama
“Champion of Change” Award recipient.
As CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, Linkner remains at
the cutting edge of technology and entrepreneurship. The firm is especially
focused on revitalizing his hometown of Detroit. Linkner is a regular contributor
to Forbes and Inc. magazines and his work has been featured in The Wall Street
Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.
Doors open to all events at 11:30 am. Attendees must be seated by 11:50 am.
All events are held at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.