- Former Xanga and Google employee turned co-founder of Twitter
- Returned to Twitter in 2017 to guide company culture
- Co-founder of Jelly, a complete reimagining of Search, which was sold to Pinterest
- Co-founder of the blog-publishing platform Medium
- Author of Things a Little Bird Told Me
- Named "Nerd of the Year" by GQ and "Entrepreneur of the Decade" by Inc. Magazine
- One of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"
- His Twitter earned an Emmy in 2015
Co-Founder of Twitter
Christopher "Biz" Stone is an American entrepreneur who is best known as the co-founder of social media platform Twitter, blog-publishing platform Medium, and search engine Jelly. A progenitor of social media, Biz has been developing large-scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for nearly two decades.
Biz is also an active angel investor, board director, public speaker, and a prominent philanthropist. Most recently, Biz sold Jelly to Pinterest and returned to Twitter, full time.
Biz has been honored with the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award, Inc. Magazine named him “Entrepreneur of the Decade,” TIME listed him as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and GQ named him “Nerd of the Year.” In 2014, The Economist recognized Biz with their annual Innovation Award. In 2015, Biz's Twitter won an Emmy and Biz received CIPR’s most prestigious accolade for his leadership at the forefront of developing new forms of media.
Biz's philanthropic efforts are focused in the areas of animal rights, environmentalism, and education. He is an advisor and contributor to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit that helps classrooms in need. He and his wife also founded and operate the Biz and Livia Stone Foundation, which supports education and conservation in California.
In addition to being a technologist, Biz is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Oxford, an Executive fellow at UC Berkeley, a filmmaker, and an author. Stone’s recent book is titled, "Things A Little Bird Told Me," a sometimes humorous memoir in the business category. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology.
Mr. Stone was a huge hit at the World Knowledge Forum, charming the audience with his easy-to-connect speech and friendly approach. We are sure he will continue in his dynamic tracks and we will definitely invite him again to next year's Forum. Last but not least, thank you CAA for keeping up with us and for your continued support!
Director, World Knowledge Forum
He was perfect!
BOOK REVIEW: Things A Little Bird Told Me "Tech pioneer Stone has the best intentions when he counsels readers to develop and challenge the ideas we prize most. By 'merging your abilities with your ambitions,' he writes, the keys to becoming successful entrepreneurs are within reach. More personal insights on his veganism and altruism follows, all written with a chatty, amiable sensibility that makes Stone emerge as one of the more benign web-app execs to burst from the California tech gold mine. Perceptive, motivational advice for geeks and nongeeks alike, all interwoven with the true story of how Twitter found its flock.
Biz’s speech really resonated with the nearly 13,000 attendees. The Q&A segment was executed brilliantly. It truly became what we wanted it to be - an intelligent and honest dialogue about the role and impact technology plays in how society engages and connects. The twitter sphere is a key example of how salient and timely Biz's topics struck an emotional chord.
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