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Co-Founder of Twitter

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Biz Stone: Biography at a Glance

  • Biz Stone is a former Xanga and Google employee turned co-founder of Twitter
  • He returned to Twitter in 2017 to guide company culture
  • Biz is the Co-founder of Jelly, a complete reimagining of Search, which was sold to Pinterest
  • He is also the co-founder of the blog-publishing platform Medium
  • He is the author of Things a Little Bird Told Me
  • Biz was named "Nerd of the Year" by GQ and "Entrepreneur of the Decade" by Inc. Magazine
  • Stone was one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"
  • His Twitter earned an Emmy in 2015




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 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. 


Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of a Creative Mindarrow-down

Biz Stone is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny, charmingly positive and remarkably savvy co-founder of Twitter, the social media platform that singlehandedly changed the way the world works. Now, Biz tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today. In this talk, Biz addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture.

His key audience takeaways include:

  • Opportunity can be manufactured
  • Great work comes from abandoning a linear way of thinking
  • Creativity never runs out
  • Asking questions is free
  • Empathy is core to personal and global success

Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen of the new century, Biz will satisfy every audience.

Redefining Successarrow-down

Business, culture, and even our shared human condition is changing at a breathtaking pace. New perspectives, new ideas, and new techniques for successfully embracing this change are needed now more than ever. Biz will share stories of creativity, empathy, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit showing us a new way to move forward with a new definition of success.

Creativity and Innovation

Mr. Stone was a huge hit, charming the audience with his easy-to-connect speech and friendly approach.

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