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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Great finding out about the behind the sceens @ twitter. Had no idea Ev and Biz have not been a part of twitter for the last couple of years.
Delightful, compelling, thorough and as historically significant as it was fun to read
I'd like to start by saying that I've always enjoyed reading pieces in NYT Bits written by Nick Bilton. With that said, this this book takes Bilton to a new professional level.
A first of its kind, this book is the product of thousands of hours of interviews with meticulous cross referencing of tweets and timelines to ensure sources are as accurate as possible. Couple that groundbreaking work and Bilton's writing style with a book that's as original as it's namesake and you have an absolute recipe for success.
This factual book reads like a riveting piece of fiction and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially those interested in understanding the origins of Twitter.
Cheers, happy reading and thank you, Nick!
An inspiring, yet cautionary tale
A great read.