Biz Stone

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Biz Stone
Biz Stone.jpg
Born Christopher Isaac Stone
(1974-03-10) March 10, 1974 (age 42)
Residence Marin County, California, USA
Education Northeastern University (attended)
University of Massachusetts (attended)
Occupation Creative director, software engineer, businessperson
Net worth Increase US$200 million
Spouse(s) Livia
Children Jacob

Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone[1][2] (born March 10, 1974)[3] is a co-founder of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Odeo, The Obvious Corporation and Medium. In 2012, Stone co-founded a start-up called Jelly Industries where he serves as CEO. The release of the Jelly app, a Q&A platform that relies on images, was officially announced in January 2014.[4]


Stone graduated from Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[5] He attended, but did not graduate from, both Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts Boston.[6]


Aside from Twitter, Stone is an angel investor and advisor in the startup community having backed companies in a diversity of industries such as Square, Nest Labs, Beyond Meat, Medium, Workpop, Lyft and GoodFit. Stone is a board director at Beyond Meat, Medium, GoodFit, Workpop, and his newest startup, Jelly Industries.[citation needed]

Stone made his directorial debut working alongside Ron Howard and Canon USA to direct a short film as a part of Project Imaginat10n. Stone described the opportunity as a chance to scratch a long-time creative itch.[7] Stone is also executive producer on WIRED, a dramatic series set in the 70s about the birth of computer industry.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2005, Stone was employed by Google.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Stone, along with Evan Williams, was named 2009 Nerd of the Year by GQ magazine,[9] one of the Most Influential People in The World by Time magazine,[10] Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. magazine,[11] and one of Vanity Fair's Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age.[12] Stone was honored with the International Center for Journalists' first Innovation Award in 2010.[13]

Stone holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College,[14] and is a Fellow[15] at Oxford University.[16]

High Point University recently announced via a tweet that Stone will be speaking at the school on January 21, 2016. He will speak about the "power of connection." During his visit Stone will participate in a question and answer session with High Point University president Nido Qubein. The presentation will be filmed by UNC-TV and will air at a later date as part of the “High Point University Presents” series.[17] After the interview, Stone will meet in small groups with High Point University students studying communication, entrepreneurship and business.[18]

Published works[edit]

Stone has published two books about blogging, Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content (New Riders, 2002) and Who Let The Blogs Out? (St Martins, 2004).[19] In addition to his long running personal blog, Stone has published an op-ed piece in The Atlantic.[20] In June 2012, Hachette's Grand Central Publishing and executive editor Ben Greenberg announced that Stone was writing a book called Things A Little Bird Told Me, which was published in April 2014.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Stone is a vegan,[22] which he became after visiting Farm Sanctuary, and is involved in causes including animal welfare, environmentalism, poverty, health and education.[23] Stone is an advisor and contributor to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit organization helping classrooms in need.[citation needed]

Stone lives in Marin County, California with his wife Livia and his son Jacob.[24] He and his wife founded and operate the Biz and Livia Stone Foundation, which supports education and conservation in California.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How I Got My Name". Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Biz Stone (2000-04-12). "Biz Stone:No Emails Today". Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ Stone, Biz. "Today is my birthday—I'm in my 30's!". Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ Lunden, Ingrid (January 7, 2014). "Jelly, Biz Stone's New Q&A Platform, Uses Images To Find Answers". Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Who should be the 2009 Bostonian of the Year?". The Boston Globe. December 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Twitter's Biz Stone To Be Executive Fellow At UC Berkeley's Haas School". The Huffington Post. September 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ Temple, James. August 29, 2012. Twitter's Biz Stone to direct short film
  8. ^ Jay Yarow (November 2, 2013). "Biz Stone Walked Away From $2 Million In Google Stock When He Decided To Join The Struggling Startup That Eventually Became Twitter". Business Insider. 
  9. ^ <2009 GQ Men of the Year>
  10. ^ Kutcher, Ashton (April 30, 2009). "The Twitter Guys". Time. 
  11. ^ <The Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000 to 2009>
  12. ^ <The Vanity Fair 100>
  13. ^ Arteaga, Dawn. "Washington Post's David Ignatius and Twitter's Biz Stone To Be Honored at ICFJ Awards Dinner". ICFJ. ICFJ. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  14. ^ <Biz Stone Ugrad Commencement Speaker>
  15. ^ <Biz Stone>
  16. ^ Malone, Michael (April 19, 2009). "The Twitter Revolution". WSJ. 
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  19. ^ Stone, Biz. "About bizstone". Flickr. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  20. ^ Stone, Biz (October 19, 2012). "Exclusive: Biz Stone on Twitter and Activism". The Atlantic. 
  21. ^ Heilpern, John (April 2014)"Out to Lunch with Biz Stone", Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  22. ^ Dowd, Maureen (April 22, 2009). "To Tweet or Not to Tweet". The New York Times. 
  23. ^ Evangelista, Benny (May 2, 2010). "Twitter's Ben Stone supports social causes". SFGate. 
  24. ^ Towle, Mimi (August 2010). "Biz Stone". Marin Magazine. 
  25. ^ Schawbel, Dan. June 14, 2012. Biz Stone on His Biggest Challenges, Influences and the Future of Social Media

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