Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

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Penguin, Nov 5, 2013 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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The dramatic, unlikely story behind the founding of Twitter, by New York Times bestselling author and Vanity Fair special correspondent

The San Francisco-based technology company Twitter has become a powerful force in less than ten years. Today it’s everything from a tool for fighting political oppression in the Middle East to a marketing must-have to the world’s living room during live TV events to President Trump’s preferred method of communication. It has hundreds of millions of active users all over the world.
But few people know that it nearly fell to pieces early on.

In this rousing history that reads like a novel, Hatching Twitter takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter’s early exponential growth, following the four hackers—Ev Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass, who created the cultural juggernaut practically by accident.  It’s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles over money, influence, and control over a company that was growing faster than they could ever imagine.

Drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails, Bilton offers a rarely-seen glimpse of the inner workings of technology startups, venture capital, and Silicon Valley culture.

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User Review  - susandennis - LibraryThing

I find corporate politics fascinating and always have. I've been a Twitter user since the first year it was born. Nick Bilton writes the story of the Twitter's corporate politics is fascinating. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe.McLaughlin - LibraryThing

Good history of Twitter, including much on Jack Dorsey of course. Hoping for a sequel on the events of more recent years, including updates on how Jack seems to have overcome some earlier difficulties ... Read full review


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Nick Bilton is a columnist and reporter for The New York Times, where he explores the disruptive aspects of technology on business, culture and society. His columns span everything from the future of technology and privacy to the impact of social media on the Web. He is a regular guest on national TV and radio and is the author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works. He lives in Los Angeles.

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