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

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

Nick Bilton / Aug 24, 2019

Hatching Twitter A True Story of Money Power Friendship and Betrayal 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 billion business out of the ashes of a failed pod

  • Title: Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
  • Author: Nick Bilton
  • ISBN: 9781591846017
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.Now Nick Bilton ofTwitter 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 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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        Nick Bilton is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, where he writes about technology, politics, business and culture He is also a contributor to CNBC, and a former columnist and reporter for The New York Times.He has written three books, including The New York Times bestseller, Hatching Twitter, which chronicled the turmoil and chaos inside Twitter as it grew from a fledgling startup to a multi billion dollar company.


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    1. This book, in less than 140 characters: Nick Bilton really, really hates Jack Dorsey.Hatching Twitter ultimately has a lopping, meta-quality to it: It's about the fight between the four founders for control of both the company and the origin story. But it is, itself, part of the fight between the four founders for control of both the company and the origin story. This is a fight that Biz, Noah, and Ev win even as it's a fight that they've more or less lost in real life. But their victory in the [...]


    2. I FUCKING LOVE THIS BOOKWITH ALL MY HEART ITS EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR AND MORE!This book made my heart hurt, a lot. I know they say never do business with friends and all that, but the ruthlessness with which the start up businesses in Silicon Valley treat their founders and engineers was positively shocking. There are so many truth bombs in here - the social commentary on today's trends that were shaped BECAUSE OF the creation of Twitter and other new and emerging technologies was absolutely fan [...]


    3. A stunning modern day story of a company trying to find it's identity in a medium, social media, that barely knows what it is. Zuckerberg may have been an a-hole, but at least he isn't Jack Dorsey.


    4. It's bizarre to read a True Life Story about people you know. Writing any kind of history is a fraught project, because the nature of the beast is that the people who talk to the author are the ones who get their side of the story preserved. It's clear from reading it who had Bilton's ear, and who didn't. Bill Campbell, advisor to the CEO, in particular comes across as a very loose unit, a testosterone-crazed shoot-first wingnut.That aside, taking the version of history presented at face value, [...]


    5. This book is written like a bad valleywag or pando blog post. I knew very little going in and did learn a lot . Had no idea Dorsey was pushed out of the company and was at odds with the former founders. I had also never heard of Noah Glass, who was written out thecompany's history despite being on the founding team and coining the name Twitter.My problem was not with the facts, but how they were presented. The author pits Dorsey vs Williams and makes no attempt to hide that he is so clearly in f [...]


    6. A thrilling and vivid narration of the formation of Twitter. It contains fascinating stories of the drama surrounding the history of founders Jack, Evan, Biz, and Noah. The journalism is incredibly detailed and thorough, and the story is a consistent page-turner. Author Nick Bilton compiles hundreds of interviews with Twitter employees and documents secrets never before revealed. It is much more interesting than the history of Facebook, and also far more controversial. A group of young, brillian [...]


    7. A fascinating and in-depth account of Twitter's creation and rise, from the conditions that led to its founders meeting to the shady and shabby way that the current power structure shook out.This is a seriously intense story! As people involved in the creation of the site have pointed out, it's a shame that it didn't delve more into the technical aspects of the site's creation more, as that would have been interesting to hear about. But the personal intrigues and difficulties are more than worth [...]


    8. Having observed this true story from close quarters I can say that Bilton captures the essence of it, at least from a human interest standpoint. One could quibble over details that don't really matter, but he distills something essential of the startup experience--that it's ultimately about human relationships and trust, and that these are hard won but easily lost.


    9. Not only was Hatching Twitter informative about the history of Twitter, but after reading it I notice that Bilton was definitely much less biased towards one side (or any of the three other sides) when reporting on the events that transpired in Twitter's extremely volatile history. In Hatching Twitter Bilton does not shine an extremely positive, they-can-do-no-wrong light on all of the original cofounders of Twitter, which is the opposite of the prevalent theme in Kirkpatrick's descriptions of Z [...]


    10. Pretty fascinating to read about the serendipitous nature of how the founders of Twitter got togetherd how they came up with the idea and even the name. For example, Evan Williams was in a magazine photo (before Twitter was even a thought in his head) and his neighbor (Noah Glass) saw the picture, recognized the kitchen Evan was in, turned toward his window and realized the picture was taken in the apartment he was seeing from his window. He introduced himself to Evd the rest is history. The fai [...]


    11. I was once a Kool-Aid drinking advocate of Twitter, having joined and creating an account with the service in 2007. Even though I would quit three years later, I still followed along with what was going on in Twitter.I knew bits and pieces of the Twitter story. I even remember listening to an old podcast where Ev Williams (one of the co-founders) talked about this "side project" while he was still running Odeo. This book, "Hatching Twitter," filled in tons of gaps in the Twitter story.If you're [...]


    12. Who comes out best? Biz, with Ev #2. Who comes out worst? Bill Campbell. Jack a close #2. What can a budding young tech CEO take away from this book? Never, ever hire Bill Campbell to be your CEO coach. Honestly, if there were a licensing committee for CEO coaches, if the tale in this book is true, Bill Campbell should be disbarred. It's a minor part of the book, but as someone who knew much of this while it was going on, it is by far the most shocking thing in the book.The rest of the book is s [...]


    13. This is the story of the founders of Twitter. I have heard about Twitter but have never used it or been on its site so all this information is new to me. I knew nothing about Twitter until reading this book. I did not even know it was a local San Francisco company.Bilton tells the story of Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass and Christopher Stone the four founders of the company. The four men were working at a startup company called Odeo. Apparently at a brain storming session, they decided t [...]


    14. I guess I am in the minority with only four stars, but he lost a star for his writing style. I thought it was choppy, with more grammatical/typographical errors than I would have expected, and it was poorly divided up. For example, after a chapter/section heading of "#Jack" it would start with a story about Jack and then flip backwards to stories about Biz, or Bijan, or Ev. Which is fine it just didn't flow. It is clear that he is a journalist, and not a novelist. That being said, he put togethe [...]


    15. Bilton's book rivals The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of in its scope and unflinching honesty. Through copious research and interviews, Bilton weaves together the heretofore untold story of one of the most influential companies of our times.In a word, Twitter was a complete mess--both in terms of technology, strategy, and management. It's amazing that the company is purported to be worth nearly $10B.I like that fact that Bilton pulls no punches, calling out self-anointed Steve Jobs' [...]


    16. I know this is a true story but I was still so disappointed by the ending! Hah. Such a great read- I flew through it. So interesting to hear the background of Twitter from all the different sides of the story.


    17. Have you ever wondered what would "Game of Thrones" look like in the modern world? This is the scariest book I have ever read, full dreadfully cruel office politics, mistakes, but also inspiration, leadership, and business lessons. The world will never be the same for me.Would I recommend this book to anyone close to the startups world? Hell yes, this should be your next book. Are you wondering what startup world looks like? Read the book. Interested in the story of how Twitter was born, and how [...]


    18. With more drama than a Mexican telenovela, this book tells the story of twitter.This book gives you the background of each of the founders and how they came together to create what we today call twitter. I was a big fan of Jack Dorsey but sadly this book took that away :)At first I was a little put off with the author's style. To me it seemed a bit pretentious because he started on an overly dramatic tone and you would think the author thought he was writing a novel. After I got further into the [...]


    19. Compelling narrative peels back layers of hype about Twitter. It is a rather sad story in many ways that might change your opinion about some people involved in the company. The book is particularly entertaining if you were using Twitter since the Fail Whale days. Good job by @NickBilton mining the social media record from a time when people were not as aware they were writing their own histories 140 characters at a time.


    20. If anybody wrote fiction startup drama novels, they would surely be less dramatic than Twitter’s early history.Morals for me:* avoid working with your best friends* egos and power are more important than money – you can repay money, but revenge leads to more aggression* when stakes are high it’s “hunt or be hunted” situation* you can change the world* avoid drama.


    21. Let's make better mistakes tomorrow Deeply engaging and hard to put down. I have read this book in one sitting. It's very fascinating to see a bunch of dropouts from mid tier college come together to push forward the idea of open world communication and it's quite interesting to see how twitter played a important role in Iran revolution and also at the same time snoop coming to Twitter HQ to smoke up weed. Highly recommend book for people who like how startup from 7 members turn into a company w [...]


    22. Kisah ini belum selesai !!Hal inilah yang terlintas di benak saya ketika menyelesaikan buku ini. Nick Bilton hanya sempat menceritakan kisah di balik layar yang penuh intrik dan pengkhianatan dari Twitter, hingga Dick Costolo menjadi CEO. Saya rasa Nick masih bisa membuat buku selanjutnya yang bercerita tentang kisah ketika Jack kembali menjadi CEO, seperti saat ini.Buku ini menceritakan dengan sisi pandang orang ketiga yang seolah mengetahui segala hal di balik Twitter. Mulai dari keberhasilan [...]



    23. O título em inglês (Hatching Twitter) é muito mais interessante. Em português parece uma coisa bastante sensacionalista, mas não é assim tanto. Trata-se de uma visão romanceada da história, acho incrível a quantidade de pormenores, que a serem verdade, denotam o detalhe com que se consegue reconstituir a vida de uma pessoa através das suas pegadas online. Mas isso não é o mais impressionante, também fiquei impressionada com a rapidez a a atualidade dos acontecimentos, estamos a fala [...]


    24. It was a fast-paced read, and quite interesting for someone who remembers all of the growing pains. Had the company been managed more pragmatically, would we have been so familiar with the fail whale? The best sections were the early ones, while the last section seemed to just be an excuse to tell the Snoop anecdote. It's a good story, but that section covers years in a matter of pages. Biz is really the only one who comes out not looking like an asshole in the end. Bilton adds unnecessary color [...]


    25. Reads like a high-tech soap opera but interesting nonetheless. What sticks for me is not the story of the company but the tale of how people who claim to be friends can be such schmucks to each other.


    26. Hatching Twitter is a great story and Nick have brought it to the masses almost perfectly. Why read fiction if non-fiction can be this entertaining?


    27. It is a super entertaining book about people behind one of the greatest Internet startups of all time. Hatched as a side project and then pivot of podcasts website - Odeo, Twitter was at the right time in the right place, however not really ready for the exponential growth which was waiting for it.Instead of focusing on Twitter as a product, the author focuses on people behind it, their backgrounds and relationships with each other. Of course when there are so much money and power involved frien [...]


    28. Very interesting book! To be honest I'm not a big user of Twitter but it was great to learn about its vocation and how/why it came to be. The book also deals about what happened behind the scene during the CEO changes. which includes A LOT of drama! I also feel kind of bad for some of the characters (i.e: Noah who thought about twitter but never got recognition and got kicked out for being a bad business-savvy SEO).All in all very good book if you're curious about what happened there.


    29. This is the story of Twitter. It is indeed full of twists, betrayals, struggles for power and. nothing else. If you dear reader are looking for any specs of knowledge you will not find here any. Well, except "don't hire your friends" maybe. I was hoping for a lot more, for any business value at all, but instead I got only storytelling.


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