Sabet writes that In this role, Biz will help us think through and evaluate new investment opportunities. Additionally he will provide us with valuable insight about our current portfolio companies as well. Sabet actually led… → Read More
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone took some time to blog today a bit about his past. He goes back to Xanga, then Blogger/Google, then (though not directly mentioned) Odeo. He talks about how after they failed to sell Odeo, Evan Williams created Obvious, a parent company with the purpose of buying back Odeo from its investors. Around this time, Jason Goldman, another previous Blogger/Google guy, joined… → Read More
Yesterday, the story on everyone’s mind in the tech world was the turmoil at Twitter. Led by the Fortune cover story written by Jessi Hempel, if you read it, you might think the sky is falling on Chicken Little. Not surprisingly, Twitter responded — sort of.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone visited the CONAN show last night to celebrate the service’s much balyhooed fifth birthday. Conan O’Brien, who found great success on Twitter himself as @conanobrien, began the conversation by referring to the site’s early days, reminding Stone that the now-lauded company was once severely criticized about its apparent uselessness.
Stone replied, “Everybody said… → Read More
I’m not talking about the privacy of Twitter’s millions of users- who they follow, what they retweet and the inner-sanctum of their DMs. I’m talking about the privacy of Evan Williams– one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the Web 2.0 era, yet one who doesn’t have Gawker photographers come to his house, doesn’t have snarky movies made about him and doesn’t have many hit pieces written about… → Read More
At first glance, Trazzler— a travel site that focuses on unique, local destinations— doesn’t seem like an obvious bet. With a handful of employees sprinkled across Florida, California, and Spain, it’s a small startup that operates in a highly competitive market. Its co-founder, Adam Rugel is well aware that it will never be able to match the huge archives of Frommer’s or Lonely Planet and the… → Read More
It seems Twitter is poised to go into overdrive in Japan, the world’s third largest Internet nation. Yesterday, we reported that major mobile carrier SoftBank Mobile collaborates with Twitter to bring cell phones with Twitter pre-installed to Japanese customers. And today, Digital Garage (the company’s partner in Japan since 2008) announced [JP, PDF] Twitter’s co-founder and creative director Biz… → Read More
For the past several weeks, plenty of my friends have had the new Twitter interface featuring both Search and Trending Topics on the main page, but I had yet to see it. Today, I log in to see that I’m finally special enough to get it as well — only to learn that it’s now officially been rolled out to everyone.
Say hello to the new Twitter.com, it’s a lot like the old one, but with the two… → Read More