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Biz Stone stepping back at Twitter

Biz Stone

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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone will be “getting out of the way” at the microblogging company in order to focus on another project.

In a post on his blog, Stone announced he would be relaunching Obvious Corporation along with former Twitter executives, co-founder Ev Williams and Jason Goldman, one-time VP of product.

“Our plan is to develop new projects and work on solving big problems aligned along a simple mission statement: The Obvious Corporation develops systems that help people work together to improve the world.”

Obvious was created by Williams in the mid-2000s to develop multiple projects under one company, but was soon overshadowed by upstart startup Twitter. (It was a “happy mistake”, he told us a couple of years ago.)

My work on Twitter has spanned more than half a decade and I will continue to work with the company for many years to come. During this time—especially lately, it has come to my attention that the Twitter crew and its leadership team have grown incredibly productive. I've decided that the most effective use of my time is to get out of the way until I'm called upon to be of some specific use.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has been very supportive in thinking this through with me so I can focus on new endeavors while remaining a strategic asset to Twitter. My plan is to take a bit more time to focus on helping schools, nonprofits, and company advisory boards as well as The Biz and Livia Stone Foundation. I'll still commit part of my time to hands on help with Twitter wherever and whenever I can be of assistance.

Previously, Stone worked with Google and Xanga, and has penned two books about blogging—Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content and Who Let The Blogs Out?