Josh Linkner to keynote at Penton Technology's Channel Directions Live event

Jul 30, 2015, 09:00 ET from Penton

NEW YORK, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton Technology has announced Josh Linkner as the keynote speaker at Channel Directions Live, a three-day event designed to tackle the tough IT channel challenges of today and map out the future direction of the tech industry.

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Linkner is the founder and CEO of four tech companies that sold for a combined value of more than $200 million. He is also an experienced business leader, venture capitalist, and author of two New York Times bestsellers: "Disciplined Dreaming" and "The Road to Reinvention."

Twice named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient, Linkner is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times.

Channel Directions Live will be held Sept. 28-30 at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa, Fla., and address:

  • Market forces affecting the IT channel that require new strategies
  • Business model implications for vendors, distributors, and solution providers
  • Emerging business opportunities in new solutions: cloud, mobile, big data and many more
  • Networking – and working – with peers and partners to build valuable new relationships

"Having a world-class speaker who has written New York Times best-sellers is significant, but having one who has roots in the channel, as Josh does? You cannot get better than that for our exclusive audience," says T.C. Doyle, Senior Content Director, Penton Technology.

"I know Josh's insights will fuel interesting discussions at Channel Directions Live," says Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Content, Penton Technology.

To reserve your spot in this one-of-a-kind event go to Channel Directions Live today.

For more information on Josh Linkner, visit

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Heather Sperling 
Group Marketing Director, 
Penton Technology