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Book review: Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

Things a Little Bird Told Me is a confusing book.  The author, Biz Stone, a co-founder of Twitter, relates how the company started and eventually became a world phenomenon.  Throughout the book, the author shares a lot of personal stories and thoughts about Twitter, the business world and the World itself.

The confusion comes from the fact that the premise of the book itself is hard to truly get.  This book is neither good at giving the full picture about Twitter’s history, nor offering valuable and tangible guidelines to become a successful entrepreneur.  In short, I would describe this book as a handful of stories and anecdotes that Biz Stone wanted to share without any actual agenda.

Don’t get me wrong: this doesn’t mean that it’s not worth a read.  If you are interested in Twitter’s story, this is probably a good start.  It’s also a great book to understand who is Biz Stone and what his personal views are.  The author is authentic and this sincerity easily makes him look like a good guy.

However, this book lacks in many aspects.  I got very interested in the start of the book, to eventually lose interest towards the middle, to only regain interest more towards the end when Biz Stone talks about his newest startup.  There are some good quotes in the book, but I didn’t use my highlighter pen that much.

The author likes to mention that a business should put people first and profitability after, doing the right thing to make the World a better place.  In fact many times, I felt like I was reading a philosophy book.  Biz Stone, when creating Twitter, got in a very unique situation that is hard to reproduce for anyone.  Even for him, recreating a similar success of changing the World while putting revenue as an afterthought, would be very difficult.

My main issue with the book is that I cannot say that I felt inspired by the story.  When reading a biography, I expect that I will feel the excitement grow inside of me and the rush of succeeding pushing me toward working even harder.  I think that the author missed an opportunity to generate such feeling to the readers.

My rating: 6/10

You can buy Things a Little Bird Told Me on Amazon for $18.18.


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