• Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal See large image

    Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal (Portfolio) (Hardback) By (author) Nick Bilton

    $21.33 - Save $7.62 26% off - RRP $28.95 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 3 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    Also available in...
    Paperback $15.21

    DescriptionEv told Jack he had to "chill out" with the deluge of media he was doing. "It's bad for the company," Ev said. "It's sending the wrong message." Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match. "But I invented Twitter," Jack said. "No, you didn't invent Twitter," Ev replied. "I didn't invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People don't invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exists." In 2005, Odeo was a struggling podcasting start-up founded by free-range hacker Noah Glass and staffed by a motley crew of anarchists. Less than two years later, its days were numbered and half the staff had been let go. But out of Odeo's ashes, the remaining employees worked on a little side venture . . . that by 2013 had become an $11.5 billion business. That much is widely known. But the full story of Twitter's hatching has never been told before. It's a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," " The Daily Show," and "Time"'s list of the world's most influential people. "New York Times" columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled: - Evan "Ev" Williams, the ambitious farm boy from Clarks, Nebraska, who had already created Blogger and sold it to Google for millions. Quiet and protective, Ev is a shrewd businessman who made tough choices in the interest of his companies, firing cofounders and employees who were once friends. - Jack Dorsey, the tattooed "nobody" who helped mastermind the original concept of Twitter, became a billionaire tech titan, and convinced the media that he was the next Steve Jobs. - Christopher "Biz" Stone, the joker and diplomat who played nice with everyone. As drama ensued, he was the only founder who remained on good terms with his friends and to this day has no enduring resentments. - Noah Glass, the shy but energetic geek who invested his whole life in Twitter, only to be kicked out and expunged from the company's official history. As Twitter grew, the four founders fought bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control over a company that grows larger and more powerful by the day. Ultimately they all lost their grip on it. Today, none of them is the CEO. Dick Costolo, a fifty-year-old former comedian, runs the company. By 2013 Twitter boasted close to 300 million active users around the world. In barely six years, the service has become a tool for fighting political oppression in the Middle East, a marketing musthave for business, and the world's living room during live TV events. Today, notables such as the pope, Oprah Winfrey, and the president of the United States are regular Twitter users. A seventeen-year-old with a mobile phone can now reach a larger audience than an entire crew at CNN. Bilton's unprecedented access and exhaustive investigating reporting--drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails--have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.

Other books

Other people who viewed this bought
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10


Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Hatching Twitter

    Hatching Twitter
    A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nick Bilton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 302
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 535 g
    ISBN 13: 9781591846017
    ISBN 10: 1591846013

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17820
    BIC E4L: BUS
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.2
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KNTX
    B&T General Subject: 180
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    Libri: ENGM8000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 01
    B&T Approval Code: A93661400
    BISAC V2.8: BUS077000, BUS070030
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070060
    B&T Approval Code: A48186000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: COM060140
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: EBUS5000, ELEC3500, ELEC3600, EVEN9000, INTG4131, MARK3627, NETE5000, P0041845
    DC22: 006.754, 006.7/54
    DC21: 006.754
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    BIC subject category V2: UDBS, KJZ
    LC classification: HM743.T95 B55 2013
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Author Information
    Nick Bilton is a columnist and reporter for "The New York Times "and also leads its popular" Bits Blog," where he explores the disruptive aspects of technology on business and culture, the future of technology, privacy, and the social impact of the Web. He is a regular guest on national TV and radio and the author of "I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works." He lives in San Francisco.
    Review quote
    ""Fast-paced and perceptive." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Exhaustively researched...extensively detailed...unexpectedly addictive." --"The Wall Street Journal"" ""#Backstabbing, power struggles and profanity laid bare"- "It is breathless storytelling" --"The New York Times" "Deeply reported and deliciously written." --"The Verge" "A compelling read, more like espionage than a corporate history." --"Fortune Magazine" "A dramatic and detail-rich recounting." --"Cnet" "With a cinematic approach befitting its eclectic cast of characters, the perceptive read...is rife with Byzantine-like intrigue, character clashes and broken dreams." --"USA Today" "Goes where no book has gone before." --"The Huffington Post" "Unputdownable." --"The Wall Street Journal"" ""A fast-paced read, chock-full of details." --"New York Magazine"" ""Nick Bilton's impressively detailed fly-on-the-wall expose of the micro-blogging site's birth and evolution evokes all the titillating elements of a soap opera." -"Success Magazine""