Twitter co-founder Biz Stone signs on as advisor at Spark Capital
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Twitter Inc. co-founder Biz Stone isn’t taking any time off after leaving his job as creative director of the popular social networking service.
He’s splitting time between his nonprofit, the Biz and Livia Stone Foundation, and working to get his reborn startup incubator Obvious Corp. up and running again with Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder and former CEO, and Jason Goldman, Twitter’s former vice president of product.
And now Stone is an advisor at Spark Capital, a venture firm that was among Twitter’s early investors.
‘Helping Spark Capital evaluate cool startups is a pretty great advisory role,’ Stone said in a tweet. ‘I’m excited about it.’
Bijan Sabet, one of the partners at the Boston-based Spark, announced Stone’s role at the firm in a blog post Thursday, saying that Stone’s ‘creative instincts and understanding of the social web’ have resulted in him being routinely blown away.
‘His tireless efforts to tell the story and promise of Twitter has been inspirational,’ Sabet said of Stone. ‘I have learned much from his obsession with company culture and importance of mission for a young company. And his instincts about brand and community are simply extraordinary.’
As a strategic advisor at Spark, Stone will lend his opinion in choosing new and current investments, Sabet said.
Spark holds investments in Twitter, social blogging service Tumblr Inc., location check-in app Foursquare, online ad firm Admeld Inc. (which Google is in the process of taking over) and Web-TV peripheral Boxee Inc.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles