Dick Costolo (@dickc), former CEO of Twitter, joins Erik and co-host Jayni Shah (@shahjayni), in this special live episode.
Dick explains why is focusing on travel and tells some stories from a recent trip to Tanzania where he met with a hunter-gatherer tribe. He recounts what it was like trying to make it as a comic in Chicago alongside Steve Carrell and Tina Fey, and how the lessons he learned from improv apply to being a CEO.
He discusses polarization on social media, how it might be ameliorated, and regales us with stories from his days at Twitter.
He also talks about his theory of why digital fitness apps are not compatible with human nature, why you should use more exclamation marks in emails, and some of the most common mistakes that he sees the entrepreneurs he mentors making.
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Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg. Colin Campbell is our audio engineer and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.
The 52-year-old former Twitter CEO, who serves as a consultant on HBO's hit comedy series, talks about his days in Chicago's Second City comedy troupe ("Steve Carell and I were in the same group"), the highs and lows of his time running one of the world's leading social networks and how he came to be a part of Mike Judge and Alec Berg's writers' room.