The Twitter duo are back! We’re excited to announce that co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams are joining us on stage at Disrupt, after their widely publicized departure from leading Twitter to focus on social entrepreneurship. They’ll be speaking about their stealthy social-good incubator, Obvious (which invests in companies such as the recently launched online conversation platform, Branch), and why technology founders can make a huge impact on the world while making money.
And moderating the conversation will be fellow social-gooder Hunter Walk, a long-time Director of Product Management at Google who spearheaded YouTube’s product strategy for years. For anyone interested in the intersection of social disruption, business, and technology, this is a must-see panel.
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, Stone co-founded The Obvious Corporation to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world.
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.
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.
Biz lives in Marin County, California with his wife Livia and son Jacob.
Co-founder/Board of Directors, Twitter
Evan Williams is an American entrepreneur who has co-founded two of the biggest services on the Internet: Blogger (one of the first and largest blogging applications, which he ran for four years before selling to Google in 2003) and Twitter, at which he was the CEO for two years and now serves on the board of directors.
Evan was raised on a farm in rural Nebraska and has been recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs of the Decade, one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to TIME, and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Evan is currently CEO of The Obvious Corporation, which spun out Twitter, Inc. in 2007. Today, Obvious is working on fostering systems that help people work together to improve their lives and the world.
He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Hunter Walk (Moderator)
Director of Product Management, Google
Hunter Walk is the director of Product Management at Google, focused primarily on YouTube.
He joined Google in December 2003 after serving as a member of the founding team of Second Life at Linden Lab from 2001 to 2003.