Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions Of The Creative Mind

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Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions Of The Creative Mind

by Biz Stone

Grand Central Publishing | April 1, 2014 | Hardcover

Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions Of The Creative Mind is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career.

THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

From GQ''s "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time''s most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he 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 Biz''s world:

-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

In this book, Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture. Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen of the new century, THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME will satisfy every reader.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455528714

ISBN - 13: 9781455528714

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Things A Little Bird Told Me Few people know what it is like to create something that reaches out to almost every part of the world. Few people know what it is like to go from being couch-cushion-scrapingly poor to stutteringly rich almost instantly. Few people know what it is like to devise and survive that kind of technological, psychological, and financial journey. Biz Stone is one of the few, and that is what makes this book a worthy read. (It's also worth it just to read his account of a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook offices.) ". . . if opportunity is just a set of circumstances, why are we waiting around for the stars to align? Rather than waiting and pouncing with a high degree of failure, you might as well go ahead and create the set of circumstances on your own." ?Biz Stone The creative mind of Biz Stone sparked and expanded and imagined Twitter?the internet app that virtually every cognizant person in the developed world knows about, at the very least, if not uses. He and his partners took a chance with the fledgling app (What comes first, the Twitter or the egg?) and nurtured it so it transformed from an unpredictable conference communication tool into a worldwide phenomenon. Even Stone didn't foresee the multitude of ways in which Twitter would affect us, and we would affect it. In a freakish kind of Darwinian computer natural selection, Twitter evolved according to the ways that users chose to use it, and Stone and his partners kept up with the demand (at least, most of the time). I wasn't surprised by Stone's entrepreneurial bent, and I wasn't surprised that he was a nerd in high school, but I was surprised that he spent a shocking amount of time begin poor, even when Twitter was already successful, and I was surprised by his warm, authentic humanity and his care for the future of our world. New employees to Twitter receive a list of "Assumptions for Twitter Employees" of the kind that make me want to work there. New employees are encouraged: not to assume an outcome, to know there are plenty of smart people outside the organization ready and available to help, to do right for the users, to seek win-win deals, to expect and look for the good intentions of co-workers, and, finally, to believe that "We can build a business, change the world, and have fun." It is in Biz Stone's nature to make things happen, and, luckily for us, it is in his nature to make good things happen. He dedicates a significant portion of this book outlining his efforts to keep Twitter neutral, his passion for charitable works, and his drive to inspire the rest of us to step up too. "We all define financial success differently, but I can tell you that for almost anyone at any income, being rich exists only in the future. Waiting to give is a mistake." ?Biz Stone I am not a computer whiz, so Stone's references to hackathons and technological problems?or anything related to computers in just about any way, actually?were lost on me, but that didn't matter. This is more than an internet app story; it's a human story, and it's a story that carries a hint of warning about the power one person can have to affect the world on a grand scale. We had all better hope that, like Biz Stone, such people want to make good things happen.
Date published: 2014-09-17

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Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions Of The Creative Mind

by Biz Stone

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.62 × 6 × 1 in

Published: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1455528714

ISBN - 13: 9781455528714

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Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it, through stories from his remarkable life and career.

THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

From GQ''s "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time''s most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he 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 Biz''s world:

-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

In this book, Biz also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture. Whether seeking behind-the-scenes stories, advice, or wisdom and principles from one of the most successful businessmen of the new century, THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME will satisfy every reader.

About the Author

Biz Stone became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999. He went on to work for Google, helped to create both blogging and podcasting, and then co-invented Twitter.


Before he was a tech star, Biz wrote books and articles about the social aspects of technology in the nascent days of the web. He regularly addresses large audiences as a visiting scholar at colleges or keynote speaker for companies and conferences

Most recently, Biz is founder and CEO of his newest venture, Jelly.

He lives near San Francisco, California with his wife and son.

Editorial Reviews

"Most tales of startup success revolve around a lone genius out-maneuvering the competition. But the story Biz Stone tells is a riveting-and often hilarious-break from that tradition: a story of collaboration, sharing, and the power of networks."--Steven Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From