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Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone reunite in Internet incubator Obvious Corp.

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Silicon Valley is all about creating the next big thing.  

So it should come as no surprise –- in fact, one might say it's obvious -- that the trio that helped turn Twitter into an Internet sensation has banded together for another shot at the big time.

Biz Stone said Tuesday he's leaving his full-time gig at Twitter to resurrect the Internet incubator Obvious Corp. with Evan Williams, co-founder and former chief executive of Twitter, and Jason Goldman, former head of product at Twitter. Williams stepped down as CEO and Goldman left Twitter last year.

They are now reunited in Obvious Corp., which Williams created to buy out investors in failed podcasting start-up Odeo. One of the ideas that emerged from Odeo was Twitter, which took off about six months later.

Fittingly, the three made the announcement on Twitter (Stone here, Williams here. Tweeted Goldman:"Launching @obviouscorp with @ev and @biz. I was eating chicken wings when @ev pushed our new site at obvious.com. Good omen." Stone also blogged about his departure.

In a statement, Twitter said: "We're excited for Ev, Jason and Biz, and look forward to seeing what they create as they return to their entrepreneurial roots with Obvious."

It also pointed out that Stone will continue to work closely with the company and that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, its executive chairman, who's filling Goldman's shoes running the product team, remains involved in Twitter even though he's also CEO of payments company Square. Twitter's CEO is Dick Costolo, whom we profiled here.

Stone's departure is significant in that he's Twitter's evangelist in chief and the longest tenured of the three.

So far, the Twitter troika isn't talking about what it's cooking up.

"We're not ready to discuss specifics except to say that our thesis is building systems that help people work together to improve their lives and the world," it said on its website.

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Jason Goldman. Credit: BizStone.com

 
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