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Hatching Twitter

A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


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.

Customer Reviews


Hatching Twitter pulls back the curtain of "the team" that built Twitter. It shows the darkside of building a product with egos and media coverage in play. It changed my perception of who did what, and who cared about what. The chapters are short, and Nick's writing style is concise. It was very enjoyable. Thank you for writing this Nick.

Great Read!

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.

Great read

Fanstastic insider gossip. The Jack vs Ev stuff is such good insider drama.

Hatching Twitter
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Business & Personal Finance
  • Published: Nov 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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