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The author of the book: Biz Stone
Edition: Pan Macmillan India
Date of issue: March 31st 2015
ISBN: 1447271521
ISBN 13: 9781447271529
Language: English
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THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME by Biz Stone has done two things for me: left me inspired, and convinced me that Mr. Stone is a nice, cool, and interesting guy. In fact, reading this book reminded me of Chris Hadfield’s AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH. Through determination, mental projection, and a bit of luck, amazing things can happen. Or, so we are lead to believe.

This book goes through the life of Biz Stone from the time he was living in his mom’s basement with his girlfriend, tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and on to the time where Twitter is valued at fifteen billion dollars. Much of what Stone writes is vastly quotable as he relates his optimistic vision of himself and those around him. For instance, Stone says that “failures become our assets” and relates to how Twitter’s down time and the display of the “Fail Whale” actually helped Twitter grow stronger.

Stone endeavors to show how he is relatable to the Everyday Joe. He describes how his family lives modestly; how he programmed the company of Twitter to have a moral compass; and, how he can relate almost any life occurrence to an episode of Star Trek. From what we read here, he is inspiring and funny.

This book is filled with interesting stories, such as: the joke offer to sell Twitter to Mark Zuckerberg for five-hundred million dollars; the major event SXSW 2007 turned out to be; the Moldova unrest; and the plane landing in the Hudson River. Of particular interest is how Twitter got involved in the Presidential Elections with Obama and how Stone was steadfast in his resolve to remain unbiased, especially when NSA’s PRISM was seeking user data.

Some of Stone’s advice may seem excessively daring or foolhardy. He shows that high risk does have the potential of high reward, but the reader doesn’t get a glimpse into other peoples' lives that weren’t so lucky. Malcom Gladwell relates this same type of hard-work and success in his book OUTLIERS with the examples of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Being at the right place at the right time has its benefits, too. (As an aside, Stone mentions Gladwell directly in this book as a point of contention.) Still, Stone gives some concession in his closing remarks, encouraging readers to perhaps alter their course versus jumping into the chasm blindly.

The bottom line: this is an exciting book. Stone is readable, quotable, and fun. He has his quirks, but that’s what gives this book its life.

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with an electronic copy of this book for review.

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Ebook Things A Little Bird Told Me read Online! Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone (born March 10, 1974) is a co-inventor and co-founder of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Blogger, 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.

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

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 and GoodFit. Stone is a board director at Beyond Meat, Medium, GoodFit 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.

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 active advisor and contributor to Donors Choose, a nonprofit 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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