Biz Stone (Sort of) Leaves Twitter to Restart Mysterious Obvious Corporation

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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is leaving his full-time post at Twitter to restart the Obvious Corporation with his former Twitter cohorts Evan William and Jason Goldman. Obvious began way back when, as a company Williams created to buy back a failed start-up from his investors. It eventually spawned Twitter, which took off and became the main focus for Obvious's founders. Stone stressed that he's not leaving Twitter (which just claimed the Pope as a user) altogether: “My work on Twitter has spanned more than half a decade and I will continue to work with the company for many years to come," he said in a blog post. However, he's pretty much over it:


It has come to my attention that the Twitter crew and its leadership team have grown incredibly productive. I’ve decided that the most effective use of my time is to get out of the way until I’m called upon to be of some specific use.

Details on Stone's new plans for Obvious are scant. In his blog post, Stone said the company will create “systems that help people work together to improve the world" and "develop products that matter.” In any case, he's super pumped about it:

In more than a decade of developing large scale systems on the Internet, we’ve never been more excited than right now. The possibility to reach and connect expansive numbers of people fundamentally changes the nature of what’s possible when it comes to building businesses on the Internet. Also, there’s room for innovation in how businesses measure success and more meaningful definitions of ambition.

So, no: He's not saying what it is just yet.

Twitter’s Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman relaunch Obvious Corp. [Fast Forward/WP]
Biz Stone Steps Down From Twitter, Re-Starts Obvious Corp. [Forbes]
Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Moves On [WSJ]