April 10 — Biz Stone, Co-founder, Twitter

Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:45am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Forum

Biz Stone
Co-Founder, Twitter
Co-founder & CEO of Jelly

Things a Little Bird Told Me:
Confessions of the Creative Mind

in conversation with Krisztina Holly, engineer and tech entrepreneur

500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 includes continental breakfast
$40 also includes Stone’s book 

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. 

Now, Stone 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 his upcoming book, Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind, he also addresses failure, the value of vulnerability, ambition, and corporate culture.

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly is an engineer, tech entrepreneur, adventurer, and innovator whose passion is creating new organizations and models to amplify great ideas and talent. She is currently a consultant, advisor, Forbes contributor, and the chair of the World Economic Forum’s council for fostering entrepreneurship. She created the first TEDx conference in 2009 at USC.  Most recently she served as Vice Provost for Innovation at USC and was founding executive director of two university centers for innovation – the MIT Deshpande Center and the USC Stevens Center – which helped spin out 39 startups based on university technologies. Early on she was co-founder of computer telephony pioneer, Stylus Innovation (acquired by Artisoft, Inc.) and subsequently joined other tech and media startups such as Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves). Named Champion of Free Enterprise by Forbes in 2009, her work has appeared in numerous publications from NASA Ask to The Economist, and has been active in many board and advisory roles in U.S. and abroad, including TTI/Vanguard, the World Economic Forum, the LA Mayor’s office, and the Obama administration. She has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT. In her spare time, she is an avid adventure traveler, backcountry/telemark skier, skydiver, mountain biker, shark diver, and authentic food aficionado.

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