Josh Linkner, who started his career as a jazz guitarist, personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.
Linkner is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, "Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity" and "The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerated Transformation." He is also the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.
Linkner has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, Detroit Free Press and Inc. magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.