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

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Hodder & Stoughton, Nov 5, 2013 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 302 pages
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"Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways. Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders-Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass-went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people. Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting-drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails-have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate"--

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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 writes about business and technology for the New York Times. His reporting generates millions of page views for the Times website each month, and covers a range of topics including the future of technology, privacy, legislation and the social impact of the Web on our culture and media. He is a regular guest on all the major TV and Radio networks in the US and the UK, including BBC News, and is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around the world.

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