Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur known best as the co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly Industries. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Originally from Boston, Stone moved to California to work as an early Google employee. Stone is an active angel investor, board director, public speaker, and a prominent philanthropist. Biz sold Jelly to Pinterest and he now serves as a Special Advisor for the search company in early 2017. Later that year, he announced he would return to Twitter, where his focus would be to guide the company culture.
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 Stone with their annual Innovation Award. In 2015, Stone’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.
In addition to being a technologist, Biz is a Visiting Fellow at The University of Oxford, an Executive Fellow at Berkeley, a filmmaker, and an author. Stone’s recent book is titled, Things A Little Bird Told Me. It’s a 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. Stone lives near San Francisco with his wife Livia and son Jacob.
"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!"- Director, Qualcomm
"BOOK REVIEW: Things A Little Bird Told Me- Kirkus Reviews
"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."- Microsoft