Three Confessions from Biz Stone’s Creative Mind

Apr 08, 14 Three Confessions from Biz Stone’s Creative Mind

I put my gifted Commonwealth Club of California membership to the test last night and it’s now officially in the running for the best Secret Santa gift ever. Taking the stage was Biz Stone, who is well known for being one of the co-founders of Twitter and more recently, Jelly. He was in conversation with Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of online tech publication, about the book he recently penned titled Things a Little Bird Told Me.

Toward the end of the conversation, Swisher asked Biz for three tips for life, and the advice he offered built upon the stories he told leading up to that moment. Here are Biz’s three tips, along with highlights from the conversation which bring them to life:


1. Creativity


Creativity is a renewable resource and everyone is creative. Who can really argue with that? While some might discredit themselves because they aren’t a self-proclaimed artist, but people exercise creativity when solving all sorts of problems that life throws their way. So while you might not Picasso your way through life, doesn’t mean you’re incapable of creative thought. Embrace this notion and daydream.

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners: Four Essentials to Building Your Personal Brand

Mar 21, 14 Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners: Four Essentials to Building Your Personal Brand

Last night I attended my first Bay Area Girl Geeks Dinner. Coming from the organizing committee of Girl Geeks Toronto, I was super stoked to see how a sister event (pardon the pun) would go down in Silicon Valley. I arrived at the Computer History Museum a little later than I hoped due to a traffic laden drive only to find hundreds of women and a handful of male supporters with drinks and munchies in hand. In the short time I had before the talks started, I grabbed a glass of red and met a couple of friendly engineers from eBay in the process. Things were off to a good start!

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What We’ve Been Eating in San Francisco

Mar 17, 14 What We’ve Been Eating in San Francisco

Until our pull out couch of pure luxury arrived on Saturday morning, our apartment consisted of  little more than an air mattress and a cat tree. The cat seriously had more relative ‘furniture’ than us. You don’t realize the luxury of having a chair or couch, until you’re faced with the only thing squishy in your apartment being an air mattress which slowly deflates.  All that said, going on week two of no stuff has meant eating pizza, delicious Mexican and other delights in the city. We’ve found comfort in food.

This isn’t a complete list, but here are some of the glutinous highlights…

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Cross-Country Road Trip Reflections

Mar 11, 14 Cross-Country Road Trip Reflections

Over the course of our great road trip from Toronto to San Francisco, I really started to understand the sentiment behind the patriotic song, America the Beautiful. We drove through mountains and rock formations of all varieties, we saw skyscrapers which left us in awe and took in mesmerizing ocean views. We saw the quaint and the elaborate sides of the US, as well as the trashy and a touch of the classy.

I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. We covered ten states in eleven glorious days, some of which we spent a day in, others we just passed through. It makes me want to see more of this beautiful country, more of my home country Canada, and more of the world. I feel like the idea of packing up and moving 4,000 miles away is a lot less scary when you know how much awesome also lays outside the borders of your hometown.

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Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth!

Mar 07, 14 Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth!

Visiting California’s Disneyland was one of the things we decided to do very early in the planning stages of our trip. My road trip buddy Megan had never been to Disney and I first learned this minutes after meeting her 14 years ago. Let’s just say this was a long time coming. We picked up some epic shirts to wear from Hot Topic at the Las Vegas outlets we visited a couple days before, which from an economic standpoint was a wise thing to do (that is if like us you insist on wearing your excitement).

We checked in to our Anaheim hotel late (around 11pm) on Wednesday night after our swift visit to LA. This was the first time our $60 or less a night hotel room scared me. Maybe it was the reviews of surrounding hotels that I read that had my senses on high alert, or the fact that when I went to open the door to check-in I was directed to the somewhat sketchy night window, either way I didn’t sleep so well that night.

After slipping my credit card into a slot below bullet-proof glass to check-in, we hustled to our room with our valuables and dead bolted ourselves in.

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