Denver: We’re going to play Take 5 with David Linde, the CEO of Participant. Are you ready, David?

David Linde

David: I’m ready. 

Denver: What is today’s most underreported story?

David: The truth about “forever chemicals.”

Denver: What is something you believe that other people think is just insane?

David: I believe in the perspective of film directors.

Denver: Name some organization or person that you have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for.

David: The Equal Justice Initiative and Bryan Stevenson. 

Denver: What is the most important thing that makes for a healthy organizational culture?

David: Realizing that sometimes you’re definitely wrong. 

Denver: What have you changed your mind about in the last 10 years, and why?  

David: I work in a business where if I don’t change my mind every day, then I’m going to be in real trouble. 

Denver: If you were to pick up a magazine to read, what would that be?

David: The Economist.

Denver: What do you wish people would be more open and honest about?

David: Each other.

Denver: If you’re going to start your career all over again and do something completely different and away from this field, what would that be?

David: I would play Left Halfback for the Tottenham Hotspur. 

Denver: What is your superpower?

David: My wife.

Denver: What is something, whether this is related to your work or not, that you’re exceptionally excited about right now?

David: The power of change. 

Denver: Is there one thing you really wish you more fully understood?

David: Everything. 

Denver: What is something about you that very few other people know?

David: I grew up in Eugene, Oregon.

Denver: Given the choice of anyone famous in the world, dead or alive, that you could invite over for dinner, who would that be?

David: Rob Bilott.

Denver: What is the best constructive criticism you’ve ever received?

David: When you’re in a meeting, look around the room. Don’t just look at the people who are talking.  

Denver: What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

David: That I’m a Hollywood insider. 

Denver: What’s the last thing you taught yourself to do?

David: Use social media intelligently.

Denver: What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

David: Your story is only just beginning.

Denver: And finally, do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often? 

David: I don’t.

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