Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur known best as co-founder of Twitter, Medium, and Jelly. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for nearly two decades. Originally from Boston, Stone moved West to work as an early Google employee. Stone is 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 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, a filmmaker, and an author. Stone’s recent book is titled, Things A Little Bird Told Me. It’s 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. Stone lives near San Francisco with his wife Livia and son Jacob.