A Team In Your Corner

 
 

Blending experiences from startups, science, research, art and business, our passionate team works to understand the unique challenges your organization is working to solve.

We help clients outpunch the competition and achieve remarkable results using a systematic approach to innovation that makes every team member an innovator.

 
 

 

Your Core Team


Josh Linkner
Chairman
5X tech entrepreneur, hyper-growth CEO, 2X NY Times bestselling author, venture capitalist, and keynote speaker on a mission to drive creativity, innovation, and reinvention. Digs snarky humor and modern art, and plays a mean jazz guitar!

Jordan Broad
CEO - Speaking Practice
Speaking industry expert and seasoned tech executive obsessed with driving innovation, progress, and hockey stick growth in the world of public speaking. 15 years senior executive experience, engineer by trade, but still left-handed and creative.

Kaiser Yang
CEO - Consulting Practice
Deep experience in startups and big companies alike, a master innovator known for having the hustle, without the hoodie. The guy you want in your corner for a business meeting, or a gourmet dinner. Disruptor. Master chef. Dynamic leader.

Matt Ciccone
CFO + VP, Getting Sh*t Done
Numbers man, insane with the details, loves nothing more than getting it right. An MBA with a creative imagination. He possesses a deep love for his two kids and a seething hatred for losing (especially ping pong).

Sara Frasca
VP, Innovation Enablement
Award-winning entrepreneur, check. A decade of big company and startup experience, double check. Energizing keynote speaker and thought leader, triple check. A smile big enough to light up a football stadium, quadruple check.

Connor Trombley
Director of Marketing
A born entrepreneur, who even has a degree in it. Wizard of brands, master of tech, magician of digital marketing. Knows how to get the message heard above the nonstop noise. One day, we’ll all be working for Connor.

Jonathan Deisenroth
Director of Operations
Execution pro meets piano player. Drafts contracts, distributes invoices, books planes, trains and Chunnel tickets before the rest of the world wakes up. With a dry wit and boundless vocabulary, he eats details for breakfast.

Lina Ksar
Media Architect
Video and design skills so legit, she can make Zach Galifianakis look like Adam Levine. The creativity of Banksy combined with the brainpower of Inspector Gadget.
 

 

Platypus Labs Philosophy

 

We're scrappy doers that believe nearly any problem can be solved through human creativity. We provide holistic consulting and training to help our clients unlock their team's creative potential and make every team member an innovator.

 
 

 

Our Experience Covers

 
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Our Innovation Practitioners


Stephen Shapiro
Best-Selling Author and Hall of Fame Speaker on innovation and collaboration. Former head of Accenture’s 20,000-person innovation practice.

Rachel Ben Hamou
Creative facilitator and play practitioner with a focus on high-performance culture, communication, and collaboration.

Jeff Ponders
Professional saxophonist and Corporate Disruptor with over 15 years of experience leading strategic innovations for Fortune 500 brands.

Roop Raj
Emmy® award-winning news anchor for Fox Broadcast Company’s Detroit affiliate, WJBK FOX2. Master story-teller and passionate Detroiter.

Susan Olesek
Expert enneagram facilitator helping to inspire transformation through self-awareness.
Tom Smart
Growth hacker with deep experience building high-performing sales organizations. Tech startup guru.
Toni Hernandez
Culture Engineer and Visionary. Founder of Leading Ladies 904 and Podcast Host of ‘What’s Your Extraordinary?'
Xander Pollock
Master facilitator of Google Venture Design Sprints, helping clients build better products and services faster.

Gabe Karp
Board member of tech-enabled startups and Managing Parter at Detroit Venture Partners. Legal guru.

Dennis Brouwer
Naval Flight Navigator, author, speaker, and business executive.
Deconstruction Artist.

Duncan Wardle
Former VP of Innnovation at Walt Disney Company. Global innovation and creativity catalyst.

Itai Ben-Gal
Startup CTO at Bluewater Technologies. CES Board Member and IoT expert.
Master chess player.
 

There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.
— Idowu Koyenikan