Twitter Co-Founder Credits Creativity, Art, and Empathy

Seeds in the wind

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, never graduated from college.  He dropped out of Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts.  Yet, University of California Berkeley’s Haas School recently named Biz to an Executive Fellowship. The Wall Street Journal recently  interviewed Mr. Stone and published excerpts.

Although Biz works with MBA students, his advice really applies to all K-12 and Higher Ed. programs. Moreover, Twitter is a microblogging platform where computer programming and business skills are certainly necessary.  Yet, Biz credits entrepreneurial success to “softer” skills.  The keys to his success lie not within memorized facts, formulas, and dates. Like Steve Jobs, Biz Stone credits the arts as the linchpin to successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Here are a few quotes from the interview:

“When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There’s no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.  Also being playful, less structured, less hierarchical. Aspects of that playful approach I’ve taken can be added on to classes.”

“You can show people how to unlock their creativity and their empathy. These are things that are present, but not everyone knows how to access them readily.  Approach it as an artist first, entrepreneur second.”

“You extend trust first if you want trust back. . . . tell everyone in the company, let them all in on the truth. The only way to deal is by being honest and open and truthful.”

Read the entire Wall Street Journal interview

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