Biz Stone on Conscious Capitalism & The Power Of Technology To Cultivate Global Cooperation

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“If you’re not personally invested in what you’re working on, you’ll fail.”

Biz Stone


Imagine co-creating a tool so powerful, it literally changes the world.

Biz Stone is one such man.

Most people know Biz as one of the co-founders of Twitter. Together @biz @jack and @ev created the social media behemoth that seismically impacted how we connect with the world, share information, exchange opinions, consume news, and participate in the daily global conversation.

Ironically, Biz never aspired to become successful in business. A most unlikely entrepreneur, he spent his early years as an artist, crafting book covers for a Boston publishing house.

Biz’s initial interest in Silicon Valley was sparked not by the potential for riches but rather by idealism – technology as potential energy to greater unite the human experience. Bring people closer. And cultivate global cooperation.

An early evangelist of blogging as a vehicle to serve his romantic vision, Biz jumped when Ev Williams invited him to join Blogger, the networked blogging platform Ev had built and sold to Google.

Ultimately, Biz walked away from Google. Leaving millions on the table, he leaped into the treacherous unknown of start ups, following Ev to podcast precursor Odeo. In one of the greatest pivots in Silicon Valley lore, Odeo would morph into Twitter. Twitter would permanently change culture. And along with Ev, Biz would later advance to co-found Medium, the über-popular, user-friendly blogging platform of the moment.

Today brings us to Jelly, a new kind of multi-platform search engine Biz recently launched that allows you to ask questions and get timely, helpful answers (as opposed to an index of websites) from the people most well suited to intelligently respond. It’s fun and surprisingly effective. Give it a try by downloading the iOS app, visiting askjelly.com/richroll, or just add #askjelly to your Twitter questions.

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Among his accolades, INC. Magazine named Biz Entrepreneur of the Decade. TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, GQ named him Nerd of the Year, and he’s one of Vanity Fair’s Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age. Despite never graduating college, today Biz serves up Visiting and Executive Fellow duties at both Oxford and Berkeley respectively and authored the humorous memoir, Things A Little Bird Told Me.

Beyond the narrative of inhabiting rare entrepreneurial air, what’s most personally interesting about Biz is that at his core, he really is an artist. A true artist. Not one for the sexy stories of Silicon Valley board room intrigue, what excites Biz most is leveraging his fertile, creative mind to serve humanity. To make the world better. More connected. More empathetic.

This is a fun, jocular conversation about conscious capitalism, the future of tech and artificial intelligence. It’s about living in alignment with one’s values. It’s about the future of one man’s dedication to cultivating greater human cooperation. And it’s a conversation about what it takes to change the world. Like, indubitably.

Oh yeah – he’s also super funny.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation. Give Biz a shout on Twitter at @biz and let him know what you think.

Peace + Plants,

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Jelly is a new kind of search engine that finds people with experience in the area of your question and delivers helpful answers directly to you—to learn more, or to ask a question, visit askjelly.com/richroll, download the iOS app, or just add #askjelly to your Twitter questions.

Background, Context & Reference

Books & Films Discussed

Notable People Discussed

  • Ben Finkel: co-Founder and CTO at Jelly Industries
  • Joichi “Joi” Ito: an influential thinker, speaker, and seed investor driving the international development of the Internet
  • Evan Williams: entrepreneur & programmer best known as founder of Blogger & co-founder of Twitter & Medium
  • Steven Johnson: popular science author and media theorist
  • Mark Zuckerberg: entrepreneur and programmer best known as founder & CEO of Facebook
  • Jack Dorsey: entrepreneur and programmer best known as co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and founder and CEO of Square
  • Scott Harrison: a former club promoter who is the founder and current CEO of the non-profit charity: water

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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, interstitial music and audio engineering; Chris Swan for production assistance & show notes; Shawn Patterson for graphics.

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