Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 1st 2014
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- Memoir, not a business book
- Other founders tell it differently
- Why the philosophical chapter at the end?
- Biz and I are very similar
Sometimes I can jump straight into a review. Other times I collate my notes and seek an angle. For Things a Little Bird Told Me by Twitter cofounder, Biz Stone, you get both. Those four points are my abridged notes.
This is a needed account of this time. It’s a memoir. What other point in history will have the right conditions to build a website that lets you broadcast your lunch (or as Evanna Lynch put it, pooping) in under 140 characters and make the company worth billions? Or as Biz and team were told, it’s the Seinfeld of the internet. For that, we need this book.
From looking at the GoodReads reviews, many will ask why we need Biz Stone’s view. This version of events has been disputed, but it’s a memoir. Communication theory shows that giving two people an identical message will have two outcomes. I’d love to read Hatching Twitter, but just remember these are Biz Stone’s experiences.
To be honest, there’s nothing special about this book. A telling of experiences with the stock standard “meaning of life” chapter at the end. This is the only chapter that starts to feel business booky, and one that, to me, screams “I’m a terrible person, but I’ve done these great things”. They are great things, and excellent charities to support, but the chapter comes across insecure and inconsistent with the boy who declared a no homework policy in school and broke into the dance.
Hmm, the last point. Biz Stone and I are very similar. We are. We both do things because we can. We take chances. We end up with huge credit card debts. I think that’s why I enjoyed Things A Little Bird Told Me so much. I can relate to Biz and his struggles. Also, I lived in San Francisco early 2010, so some of his life is my life too.
Who Is Things a Little Bird Told Me for?
Everyone really. Biz has written an enjoyable, easy read of his early career. There are things to learn, but it’s learning from Biz’s experiences, not from his instruction.
Check it out and let me know if you agree.
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