July 8th, 2010
05:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Twitter's D.C. dress code

 Twitter co-founder Biz Stone (right) bought a suit during his last visit to Washington.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone (right) bought a suit during his last visit to Washington.

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) - Upstart Twitter recently realized it should make the rounds in Washington, so co-founder Biz Stone did what any Silicon Valley entrepreneur would do: bought a suit.

Stone went to Capitol Hill in late April visiting with staffers and congressman. He talked about his visit Tuesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival responding to a question about the company's involvement in Washington.

"Washington thinks we're like a 10,000 people organization with the Washington office and we're just ignoring them," Stone said.

Twitter is headquartered in a San Francisco loft and has 250 employees (at the end of last year it was 110 people).

So Stone bought his suit, on the advise of his general counsel, and arrived in Washington "just to say hello."

He went around Washington visiting congressmen and staffers with the message "We're a small company, we don't want anything from you, but we'd like to help in anyway that we can."

Twitter is currently in the process of hiring a Washington based employee to help politicians navigate the social network in regards to their own accounts.

Sporting an Aspen chic look, Stone was dressed in a button down shirt, jeans and sneakers. He noted the suit was now wrinkled and at home.

CNN's Natalie Novak Contributed to this Report


Filed under: Social Media • Social Networking • Twitter
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Augsbee

    This is one of the reasons we need new younger people in Washington so our country can truly move forward in this century and not be stuck back in the Archie Bunker, Maude TV show days and keep doing things in the old ways.

    Numerous people are also experiencing this lack of Technology knowledge and exposure making it hard for them to find a job as companies are requiring knowledge of Excel, Navision, SAP, Oracle, People Manager, Peachtree, Facebook, etc... and be multi taskers.

    July 8, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    He noted the suit was now wrinkled and at home.
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    Sounds like what some of our over the hill politicians should be (wrinkled and at home).

    Age limits - no one elected or re-elected after age 70 - period. We have a lower limit, why not a top limit?

    July 8, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |