|Born||Christopher Isaac Stone
March 10, 1974
|Residence||Corte Madera, California, USA|
|Education||Northeastern University (attended)
University of Massachusetts (attended)
|Occupation||Creative director, software engineer, businessperson|
|Net worth||US$200 million|
Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone (born March 10, 1974) 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.
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.
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. Stone is also executive producer on WIRED, a dramatic series set in the 70s about the birth of computer industry.
From 2003 to 2005, Stone was employed by Google.
Awards and honors
Stone, along with Evan Williams, was named 2009 Nerd of the Year by GQ magazine, one of the Most Influential People in The World by Time magazine, Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. magazine, and one of Vanity Fair's Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age. Stone was honored with the International Center for Journalists' first Innovation Award in 2010.
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. After the interview, Stone will meet in small groups with High Point University students studying communication, entrepreneurship and business.
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). In addition to his long running personal blog, Stone has published an op-ed piece in The Atlantic. 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.
Stone is a vegan, which he became after visiting Farm Sanctuary, and is involved in causes including animal welfare, environmentalism, poverty, health and education. Stone is an advisor and contributor to DonorsChoose, a nonprofit organization helping classrooms in need.
Stone lives in Marin County, California with his wife Livia and his son Jacob. He and his wife founded and operate the Biz and Livia Stone Foundation, which supports education and conservation in California.
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- <The Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000 to 2009>
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