Biz Stone, co-founder, Twitter

Biz Stone co-founded Twitter in 2006. Since then, more than 100 million people around the world share information on the social network. In July alone, the site received 800 million searches in one day.

Twitter is now used to break news, especially during crises. Citizens in Haiti used Twitter after the earthquake in January to do tktkinformation. Last year, it was the main way international news outlets received real-time information about the protests in Iran.

Stone has spent his career working on projects dedicated to the open exchange of information. He helped launch the social networking and blogging service Xanga in 1999. In 2003, Google bought Stone’s Blogger.com, which now receives 50 million visits a month. While at Google, Stone met Evan Williams. The pair later founded Twitter in 2007.

Stone has published two books the changing landscape of communication. In 2009 he was included on the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. Originally from Boston, Stone lives with his wife, Livia in Marin County California.

See online media coverage on the 2010 ICFJ Awards Dinner below:
* The Daily Beast - Twitter's Bid to Partner With Newsrooms