Josh Linkner – Keynote Speaker

Serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and venture capital investor

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Specialist Subjects

  • Big Little Breakthroughs
  • The Music of Business
  • Disciplined Dreaming
  • Find A Way
  • Rethink. Reboot. Reinvent
  • The Innovative Leader


  • English


Josh Linkner – a New York Times bestselling author – is a rare blend of business, art, and science.

On the business front, Josh Linkner’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. He’s the co-founder and Managing Partner of Muditā (moo-DEE-tah) Venture Partners – an early-stage venture capital firm investing in groundbreaking technologies. Over the last 30 years, he’s helped over 100 startups launch and scale, creating over $1 billion in investor returns. He’s twice been named the EY Entrepreneur of The Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award.

While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous 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.

His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation. Josh Linkner is the co-founder and Chairman of Platypus Labs, a global research, training, and consulting firm. Today, he’s on a mission to help leaders Find A WayTM through creative problem-solving, inventive thinking, and ingenuity.

Popular Talks by Josh Linkner

Big Little Breakthroughs

How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results.

The pressure to generate big ideas can feel overwhelming. We know that bold innovations are critical in these disruptive and competitive times, but when it comes to breakthrough thinking, we often freeze up.

Instead of shooting for a $10 billion IPO or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus on Big Little Breakthroughs – small, creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time.

The Big Little Breakthroughs framework provides a specific and practical approach to unlocking dormant creative capacity. Instead of wild, risky, and expensive moonshots, participants learn to unleash small, daily creative acts to drive gigantic results over time.

In this inspiring, timely, and high-impact keynote, New York Times bestselling author and globally-recognized innovation expert Josh Linkner shows us how to de-risk the creative process, build the capacity to unlock breakthrough transformations and gain the creative confidence to take responsible risks.

This keynote serves leaders & teams who are:
– Aware of the need to innovate but having a hard time getting started.
– Responsible for creating a culture of innovation.
– Feeling pressure to generate breakthroughs but struggling to deliver them.

The audience will leave with:
– A proven framework to cultivate a high volume of innovations without the typical risk.
– Inspiring and memorable stories that show how ingenuity, creative problem-solving, and inventive thinking can lead to breakthrough results.
– The mindsets, habits, and tactics of the world’s most prolific artists, business titans, and entrepreneurs.

The Music of Business

What business leaders can learn about collaboration, creativity, and performance under pressure from the mysterious world of jazz.

The mysterious and dangerous world of jazz is a caldron of spontaneous creativity. And in times of radical change and uncertainty, it serves as the perfect model for modern leadership.

Professional jazz guitarist and prolific entrepreneur Josh Linkner connects the dots between jazz and business, helping to unlock the secrets of some of the world’s most creative geniuses. Using live jazz as a metaphor for collaborative innovation, this session is entertaining, inspiring, and directly applicable to the daily challenges we face in business.

A fusion of live musical performance and keynote presentation, the session’s finale includes audience members “joining the band” to compose and perform a song in real-time to the delight of the audience. Cameras will flash as the entire group is dazzled by their colleagues’ improvisation and spontaneous invention.

This keynote serves leaders & teams who are:
– Looking for an elevated experience beyond a typical keynote.
– Craving deeper collaboration, creativity, and performance.
– Seeking a way to stand out from the pack and lead in a fresh, creative manner.

The audience will leave with:
– The mindset and perspective of a jazz musician serving as a creative new model for business growth and results.
– A deeper understanding of collaborative creativity and specific tools to harness inventive thinking and artistic expression.
– A memorable and inspiring sense of what’s possible and how to push boundaries and barriers to achieve remarkable outcomes.
– The creative confidence to pursue our highest calling and to never let the music inside us die.

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