Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind
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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.
the human resources department had called me, and I’d joked around with her. When she asked me if I had a college degree, I told her I didn’t but that I’d seen an ad on TV for where to get one. She didn’t laugh. Clearly my instincts in this department weren’t reliable. Real-Life Biz was consumed by self-doubt. The phone rang, and as I reached for it, something came over me. In that instant I decided to abandon all the failure and hopelessness I’d been carrying around. Instead, I would fully
launch a startup, you had to have a roomful of servers to host the site and its traffic. Since then, Amazon, realizing a side skill it had developed as an online retailer, launched Amazon Web Services, giving even English majors an easy, cheap way to do a startup. Look for bright spots of efficiency—say, a department that fulfills its task so well it might be able to provide that service for other companies—and make space for the skills and interests of your employees and colleagues to thrive.
to, and they knew he wasn’t joking. He could be in serious trouble. They contacted the dean of Berkeley, who arranged for a lawyer in Egypt to help James get out of jail. His next Tweet was again one word: Freed. This was good for James, and—now that the concern had passed—a great story for us. We at Twitter, and anyone else who heard the story in the news, could instantly envision infinite scenarios where Twitter could be a lifeline. I was particularly prone to fantasizing about Twitter user
blogging community, but having left it, I was peripheral to that revolution, broke and directionless in my mom’s basement. But my blog was another story. My blog was my alter ego. Full of total, almost hallucinogenic confidence, my blog was a fictional creation. It all began with the title, inspired by an old Bugs Bunny cartoon guest-starring Wile E. Coyote. In one scene, the ultrarefined coyote says, “Permit me to introduce myself,” then presents a business card to Bugs with a flourish. It reads
MBA or be an entrepreneur-in-residence. Instead, I did Obvious with those guys. This interlude gave me time to distill some of the notions and theories I’d been working on over the years. We took a high-altitude, long-term view of what we, as entrepreneurs, were capable of doing in our city, in our country, and in our world. People are proponents of change; tools are helpful. We didn’t know what we’d build, but we shared the desire to build systems that would help people work together to make