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    Josh Linkner is on a mission to help business discover its creative mojo and reimagine what's possible. His call to action -- it's better to disrupt your organization before your competition does; hugging the status quo is the fast road to obsolescence. Linkner explodes the myths about creativity and shows how to systematically harness the imagination of individuals at every level to find new routes to growth, profitability and innovation. Linkner wraps actionable insights, powerful anecdotes and proven techniques with energy, fun and inspiration to deliver presentations that ignite immediate and profound results and fresh thinking in every setting. Linkner comes to this discussion with a unique combination of backgrounds. He's a five-time successful tech entrepreneur and now CEO/Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners who's been a jazz musician since age 14. Improvisation, the hallmark of jazz, taught Linkner vital lessons about risk and the creative process that helped him look at business differently. He built a $100 million business from scratch, had four successful exits, raised hundreds of millions of capital, hired/fired thousands of employees and landed the biggest brands in the world as customers. He outlined the lessons he learned along the way in his first book, Disciplined Dreaming -- A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that was named one of 2011's top ten business titles by Amazon. He is a regular contributor to Forbes and Inc. magazines.
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