Josh Linkner
The Innovation Generation

To me, creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of all human progress. As such, I've spent my career harnessing the spirit of creative disruption. My journey has been nontraditional at every step: I've been a professional jazz guitarist, four-time tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, two-time New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, venture capitalist, and urban reinventor. Today I lead Detroit Venture Partners, helping to rebuild my hometown of Detroit by backing passionate entrepreneurs who can make a difference in our challenged city. It is a thrill to have a front-row seat to the greatest urban turnaround story in American history. I also am a frequent speaker on innovation, creativity, and reinvention. I've written two books - Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. My mission in life is to help the world be more creative. And yes, I still play a mean jazz guitar. For an inside view into my world as a VC, entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker, visit


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