Biz Stone
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    Biz Stone has been named Nerd of the Year by GQ, one of the Most Influential People in The World by TIME magazine, Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc Magazine, and one of Vanity Fair's Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age but Biz Stone, 37 is best known for over a decade of developing collaborative web systems freely accessed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

    As a progenitor of the early social web, Biz became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999 and went on to work for Google. Later, Stone co-founded Twitter which launched in 2006. In June of 2011 with his long time collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, Stone co-founded The Obvious Corporation to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world.

    Biz has published many articles and authored two books chronicling and championing the democratization of information on the web. Stone is a visiting scholar and popular lecturer worldwide. As a Fellow at Oxford University, Stone has debated at Oxford Union and won on the subject of whether or not entrepreneurs can affect positive change with regard to the world's biggest problems.

    An adamant believer that when we help others, we also help ourselves, Stone supports a new way of doing business with a higher level of ambition, and a better, more altruistic way to measure success. Beyond immediate needs, Stone advocates selflessness; insisting we follow this path in order to deliver deeper meaning in our work and in so doing, place value before profit.

    In his role as Social Impact Advisor to the popular web services provider Aol, Stone councils the leadership team on developing the company's philanthropic roadmap. Together with Rey Ramsey, Stone is a founding director of ConvergeUS, a Washington DC based nonprofit designed to leverage the collective power of several institutions to accelerate positive social change.

    Along with his wife, Livia, Stone was named a Huffington Post Game Changer for their work and impact in the field of public service. Together, the couple operate The Biz and Livia Stone Foundation supporting education and conservation in California. Stone is an advisor to several companies and organizations ranging from tiny startups and non-profits to publicly traded international companies.

    Biz has been honored with the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award, he holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College, an honorary board seat at the wildlife education and rehabilitation center WildCare, and he serves on the advisory board of Donors Choose-an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help both teachers and students in need.

    Biz lives in Marin County, California with his wife Livia.
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