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Things a Little Bird Told Me – “Learning to Flock”

June 14, 2014

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Things a Little Bird Told Me

by Biz Stone

Print Length: 237 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1, 2014)

Price: $12.99 Kindle, $26.95 Hard Cover, Click: Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind

I have probably belonged to Twitter for ten years. Building a following, posting tweets, but seldom reading it. That’s one of the reasons I found this book interesting—it helped me understand what Twitter was really about. It’s like listening in on a party phone call among friends. And if you are not interested, it might be because these aren’t your friends and you are trying to sell something. So you start over.

And here is an inspiring thing about this book. It defines entrepreneurship and having passion and looking for places to put it. The number one assumption Stone would share with new Twitter employees was, “We don’t always know what’s going to happen.”

And this is the difference between older demographics and the newer generations. We are used to thinking 2 + 2 = 4. They don’t have pre-determined expectations and 2 +2 sometimes equals 22.

To be honest, I liked the first half of the book best, because his life and career were not “the expected.” But then, after a certain point, we move on. That’s exactly what Biz Stone did.

Biography

Biz Stone was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1974. For the past decade, Stone has been developing large scale projects that facilitate the open exchange of information. He is the Co-founder of Twitter, Inc and advisor to several technology startups. Recruited by Google in the early 2000’s, Stone met and collaborated with Evan Williams–the pair would later exit the search company to work on their own startup. Twitter was founded in 2007. Stone has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most influential persons in the world. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Livia.

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