How to turn down a billion dollars

How to turn down a billion dollars : The Snapchat story

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In 2013 Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, and his co-founder Bobby Murphy stunned the press when they walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius? In How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, tech journalist Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups. Snapchat began as a late-night dorm room revelation, the brainchild of Stanford English major Reggie Brown who was nursing regrets about photos he had sent. After an epic feud between best friends, Brown lost the company to Spiegel, who has gone on to make a name for himself as a visionary?if ruthless?CEO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his fiancee, Miranda Kerr. A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company's founding trio, Billy Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. His inside account offers an entertaining trip through the excess and drama of the hazy early days with a professional insight into the challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry's preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 352 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 075355206X
  • 9780753552063

About Billy Gallagher

Billy Gallagher is an internet analyst and a writer at TechCrunch where he wrote over a dozen exclusive pieces on Snapchat. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and Playboy; he has been interviewed by a number of publications, including New York Magazine and Wired.show more