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Hackers are a global fascination, with cybercrime representing the single biggest threat to national security. But putting their sinister motives aside, the dark underworld of hackers contains some of the most creative minds on the planet.

What if hacking approaches could be redirected for productive means? How can we harness the positive attributes of hacking to drive meaningful outcomes in our companies, careers, and communities?

New York Times Bestselling Author Josh Linkner has ‘cracked the code’ in his latest book, Hacking Innovation, providing a new framework for innovation, reinvention, and transformation. Linkner reveals the Five Core Mindsets and Ten Primary Tactics of hackers as the new model for complex problem solving, innovation, and growth. These fresh approaches enable leaders at all levels to topple their competition with stunning efficiency. Hacking Innovation translates the complex hacker philosophy into a simple, yet effective system for modern business success.

To uncover these secrets, Linkner immersed himself into the dangerous and clandestine world of hackers. Insights from ex-cons, secretive hacking societies, the FBI, and cyber-security giants deliver drama and suspense. He also penetrates the caffeine-driven world of tech startups, revealing the stealthy practices that have launched tech founders into the rarified billionaires club. All told, Linkner delivers the definitive work to propel the next generation of leaders and innovators.

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"Linkner explores the creative world of hackers and provides a roadmap to help future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators push boundaries and explore the art of the possible.”
- Steve Case, Co-founder and former CEO of AOL, New York Times Bestselling Author of THE THIRD WAVE

"Hacking Innovation applies lessons learned from the "Dark Side” in unique and creative ways to help corporations discover and exploit their strengths in a changing business world. Josh clearly shows how anyone can leverage the key attributes of a hacking mindset to reignite innovation and unlock new business value through the use of key hacker skills such as speed, agility, persistence and partnership.”
- Alan Boehme, Chief Innovation Officer and Global CTO, The Coca-Cola Company

"In a fast and ever-changing landscape, Josh provides urgent insight into the misunderstood skill of hacking and delivers a powerful look into a myriad of applications that will drive business success well into the future."
- John Fanning, Founding Chairman and CEO, Napster

"Josh Linkner - who lives and breathes innovation - uses hacking as a metaphor for how creative people confront seemingly insurmountable problems and arrive at remarkable solutions. Hacking Innovation is not about breaking laws; it IS about using a renegade way of thinking to break out of old models and lead yourself and your organization to a whole new level.”
- Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief, Inc.

“Get ready to enter the minds of hackers, and walk out with fresh techniques for driving creativity and innovation.”
- Adam Grant, New York Times Bestselling Author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE