Evan Williams

Co-Founder and CEO
Twitter

Williams was raised on a farm in Nebraska, dropped out of college, was co-founder of Pyra Labs, which created Blogger and sold to Google.

Posts With Evan Williams

Some of Our Fave D Conference Videos Before AllThingsD Signs Off in 3 … 2 … 1 …

Tech and media bigs on the red-hot seat.
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(Almost) No One Is Reading Your Tweets

Until Friday afternoon, Justine Sacco was just like you: A Twitter user whose tweets went unread by almost everyone.
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News Byte

Quora Gives Its Writers a Stats Dashboard

Much like Evan Williams’ Medium, Quora is trying to convince people who have interesting thoughts and experiences to write them down — and, since Quora doesn’t pay, that means finding them an audience. Some writers on the site now receive 1 million views per month. So it is launching a stats tools to show counts of views, upvotes and shares, much like what’s available on other publishing and blogging platforms. While exposing stats might encourage crappy content that panders for page views, Quora exec Marc Bodnick said the site already includes tools for burying the bad stuff. “We don’t give traffic to garbage,” he said.

In “Hatching Twitter,” a Billion-Dollar Company That Almost Wasn’t

The roots of the microblogging service are exposed in a new expository tale from New York Times columnist Nick Bilton.
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Twitter to Wait Until After IPO to Name Woman — Likely With International Cred — to Board

The number of women with international experience is long, but if I were to bet whom Twitter is considering for its top picks, I would name only two: Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.
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News Byte

Blogging Startup Medium Opens to All

Medium, the blogging startup created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, announced on Friday that it is now open for all to use. Newcomers are required to sign in with a Twitter account, and can only post from Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers.

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How Twitter Insiders Cut Their Taxes

The moves could save Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Dick Costolo a total of at least $115 million

Bilton Twitter Book — Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Almost Went to Facebook (And More!)

An excerpt from a forthcoming book on the birth of Twitter reveals surprising new details about the company’s founders. Some not so pretty.
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Same as It Ever Was

We often think the Internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done.

Evan Williams at the XOXO conference in Portland last week

Make It So

News in general doesn’t matter most of the time, and most people would be far better off if they spent their time consuming less news and more ideas that have more lasting import.

Twitter and Blogger founder Evan Williams on his new venture, Medium