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You can’t really think that everybody likes you

tcr! · Jul 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

Biz Stone on the early days of Twitter: 'You can be nice and successful at the same time'

Biz Stone on the early days of Twitter: ‘You can be nice and successful at the same time’

Biz Stone was one of four co-founders of Twitter, building, in his words, “a moral compass and righteous soul into the company”. The 40-year-old has previously worked at Google and helped to pioneer blogging and podcasting, before being named GQ’s “Nerd of the Year” and one of Time’s most influential people in the world. He has written a book, Things A Little Bird Told Me, and is now CEO of a new venture, Jelly, a Q&A app that is “a complete reimagining of how we get answers to queries based on a more human approach”.

You seem to be quite a caring chap and are the only one of the four co-founders not to have fallen out with the others. Do you prove that nice guys can finish first?

Yeah, sure. “You can be successful and also be nice at the same time” is kind of the gist of my book. You don’t lose anything; you gain things. In my case, you gain notoriety, knowledge, friends. I decided one day that I was going to be nice all the time and see if that got me anywhere. And it was fantastic. It made me feel free to go up to teachers and say things like: “I have a no homework policy, here’s how it’s gonna go.”

One reviewer of your book wrote: “I wanted to hate this smug, obscenely-rich vegan do-gooder, but I concluded by thinking success couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” Is that a difficult path to tread?

Most of my Twitter feed is full of people who are saying: “This book is inspirational.” And then there are some people who read it as I’m a jerk. What’s ridiculous is that, a year and a half ago, I was talking to an executive coach who shook my whole understanding of myself. He said: “Biz, you can’t really think that everybody likes you, can you?” And I said: “I’ve been operating under that assumption for a long time.”

I’ve been wanting to “operate under the assumption that everybody likes me” as an experiment to see what happens. It’d be interesting and if nothing else, I’d be a happier person.

#advancedsoul

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 4, 2014 at 8:02 am

i've tried so hard to internalize the lesson that after i hit send or enter then it's forever. so i'm really trying to hold in the reigns on this one.
more later. i love the topic.

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tcr! tcr! · Jul 5, 2014 at 11:00 am

No reason to hold back on tcr!. ;-)

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So many people live within unhappy circumstances

tcr! · Jul 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm

christopher mccandless 142 bus

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Christopher McCandless in a letter to Ron Franz, April 1992

#meanwhile #advancedsoul

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 am

good stuff.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jul 2, 2014 at 1:37 am

just finished the wiki read about McCandless. have to let it simmer for a day or two before i offer an opinion on his predicament.

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tcr! tcr! · Jul 2, 2014 at 7:40 am

The book and movie based on his life are both worthy.

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tism tism · Jul 3, 2014 at 4:10 am

Really intriguing story. I tend to lean more towards the "he's an idiot" side. It does bring up the romantic side of man's nature to explore and live off the land but my practical brain takes hold. Maybe because of my surroundings.

I do admire that he shunned the materialistic side of life, he said, while reclined in his arm chair, staring at his big screen TV and PS3. I'm also torn by his statements about conformity, peace of mind and adventure. Having lived a life trying to "do the right thing" I have passed on too many opportunities for adventure. This was made all too clear once I'd done "all the wrong things" to be with my then girlfriend, now wife.

I read Krakauer's "In to Thin Air" many years ago and couldn't put it down. Looks like I'll have to line this one up.

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tcr! tcr! · Jul 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

The nice thing about stories like this is that I can admire his anti-materialistic views, may be take a piece or two for my own personal life, may not take out that car loan because my 1990 truck is running just fine.

I'll need to put In to Thin Air on my reading list, I've watched several documentaries on Mt. Everest and the joy/horrors it holds.

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The cat pen almost got finished in a weekend

tcr! · Jun 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

the cat pen almost got finished in a weekend

#photos #homeimprovement #cats

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Jun 27th, 2014 at 10:02:15 am

tcr! · Jun 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

For some reason, I can no longer function at optimal levels on six hours of sleep.

artificial intelligence

#confessional

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$27 for $20 in quarters

tcr! · Jun 27, 2014 at 9:53 am

The Laundry Quarters Delivery Startup Is Dead (And in Hell?)

The Laundry Quarters Delivery Startup Is Dead (And in Hell?)

Some things are too precious to last in this brutal world, and Washboard, a startup that mailed you quarters to do your laundry, is one of them. It is, against all odds and after only a week in business (“business”), shutting down.

The number of people willing to pay $27 for $20 was not exactly what Washboard’s founders predicted, I guess, although Washboard blames its payment processor for its demise:

Some business models are too good to be true.

#meanwhile

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My daily flowers from the yard photo…

tcr! · Jun 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

my daily flowers from the yard photo

#photos #flowers

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Bullied Girl and Stormtrooper Armor

tcr! · Jun 25, 2014 at 8:39 am

Katie the STAR WARS Girl Gives Her Stormtrooper Armor to Another Bullied Girl « Nerdist

Katie the STAR WARS Girl Gives Her Stormtrooper Armor to Another Bullied Girl « Nerdist

Four years ago, Katie was in first grade and she was bullied because she used a Star Wars water bottle at lunch. Other kids told her Star Wars was only for boys, and Katie was so impacted by their taunts that she wanted to use a pink water bottle instead just so they’d leave her alone. Katie’s mother, Carrie Goldman, wrote about the incident in her column on Chicago Now, and the internet responded with support for Katie. She learned many other girls of all ages love Star Wars, and it helped restore her self confidence.

In 2012, Katie decided she wanted to be a Stormtrooper for Halloween to support the 501st Legion. Members of the charitable group had recently been targeted in a mean photo slideshow posted after Celebration VI (a Star Wars convention). Katie’s mom reached out to the local garrison to ask for advice on how to make a Stormtrooper costume, and the 501st Legion took it upon themselves to make a custom set of armor for Katie.

#meanwhile #starwars #advancedsoul

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tism tism · Jun 25, 2014 at 9:58 am

Fantastic! What a kick ass l'il girl and her detachment.

tcr! tcr! · Jun 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

Totally.. I need to show this to Maggie and then I also need to join the local 501st.

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So I planted a variety of wild flowers all over the yard…

tcr! · Jun 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

so i planted all these wild all over the yard last year

Now I don’t know what are weeds and what aren’t.

#flowers #photos

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Skateboard Wheels

tcr! · Jun 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

skateboard wheels

#photos #skateboards

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Who doesn’t need a good long board?

tcr! · Jun 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm


Video file: who_doesnt_need_a_good_long_board.mp4

#videos #skateboards

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