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    Josh Linkner, Lincoln Journal Star: Tech entrepreneur highlights importance of innovation

    Before becoming a tech entrepreneur and best-selling author, Josh Linkner was a jazz guitarist who studied music in college.

    Linkner said he had a professor who would make him remove strings from his guitar. One, then two, even three.

    He expected to feel constrained because he had fewer choices of notes. Instead, he said, he improvised and got even more creative with his playing.

    The anecdote was meant to show how a lack of resources shouldn't stop innovation.

    "Creativity is the great equalizer," Linkner said.

    Linkner -- who started and sold four companies, has written three best-selling books and now runs a venture capital firm in his hometown of Detroit -- was the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce's annual lunch at The Cornhusker Marriott.

    Linkner said Lincoln has done a good job using creativity to compete with larger cities, especially those on the coasts.

    But he said it's important for city leaders not to rest. Instead, they need to "make innovation a daily habit."

    Opportunities for innovation are everywhere, Linkner said.

    "It's up to us to seize them."

    For more information on Josh Linkner or to book him for your next event, contact Executive Speakers Bureau at (901) 754-9404.

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