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The Autobiography of the Twitter founder
After Nick Bolte's book “Twitter”, which is also highly recommended, “Follow the Blue Bird” is already the second book in just one and a half years to contain the story (s) behind the Company Twitter tells.
The approach is completely different this time. While Nick Bolte's bird's-eye view - in part as dramatic as in an economic thriller - tells of the rise and crises of the social media giants, co-founder Biz Stone introduces his autobiography here.
Interview with Google
It is his personal life story that begins with a bankruptcy, leads over the first hurdles on Google and finally takes in the management of the Twitter company their (temporary) climax.
Stone is a meticulous chronicler of events, encounters, and sometimes random economic decisions that turn a backyard startup into one of the Internet's global players.
Shots on hipster
Above all, Stone is a wonderful storyteller who tells his own Twitter story with charm and a lot of wit. For example, about his interview at Google: “At the first appointment, a woman said“ Thank you for coming. May I offer you something? And I replied: Yes, do you have an aspirin? ”
Or about his choice of place of residence in San Francisco (Google): "The district was just in the transition between run-down and up-and-coming: the hipsters had already moved in, but you could still hear gunshots at night - possibly in the direction of the hipsters."
Motivational book for prospective entrepreneurs
“Follow the Blue Bird” is more than just a first-class written biography. Biz Stone gives deep insights into his soul as a full-blooded entrepreneur. He never wanted to be anything but a successful designer.
His unwavering belief in his abilities, his will to make it to the top, are exemplary and a first-rate motivational injection for those who are now pondering whether their vision of their own company is truly viable.
“Don't worry about details”
As Stone writes: “Don't worry about the details. It's not about finding solutions. When you just keep an idea in mind, you subconsciously do things in a way that moves you towards the goal. It actually works. With me it worked."
At one point, Biz Stone writes: "Those who are not willing to accept the worst possible outcome have no chance of the best possible one". What is meant are procrastinators who repeatedly reject the vision of their own company with advanced arguments.
Twitter for optimists
The author also turns to her with his rousing-naive founder optimism. To the many Twitter fans anyway, who will devour the biography with a lot of fun. Class book - in every way!
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