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 more 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.
©2013 Nick Bilton (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks
As a member of Twitter since 2008, I was curious about the real story behind its founding. This is a superb and well-researched account of a drama that sometimes takes on the depths of a Shakespearean tragedy. Finally @Jack is revealed to be a conniving, narcissistic and shallow little man who has spun a web of lies. And while @Noah may be denied the millions due to him, in this story he emerges as a sweet and decent man, sadly wronged by the friends he trusted.
If you are expecting abundant technical details behind the development of Twitter, you won't find them here. Just a great yarn that will have you cheering for the few good guys and mad at the rest.
This was a spellbinding story about a company affecting our daily lives. I did not understand Twitter or its history before reading this book.
Would like to have seen more info on what Jack Dorsey was doing with Square. Not integral to the book, but would have provided background on one of books key characters.
The narration, the sequencing and the thorough investigative approach of the writer. I appreciate the Nick's detailed questioning of the surrounding when certain events happened, like the morning dew on the grass, when twitter exec were going after resolving one of their disputes or something
Truth at every corner.
Of course, the whole sequence of first series of twits twitted among the employees.
Rather, I was a bit upset that such a book didn't really inspire anything. It's full of encounters of power struggle, manipulation and band-aids for problems in life. Growing pain is part of any organization but characters involved are really eccentric at times.
My criticism shouldn't be held against the author. This is a wonderfully written piece of art but the subject overall is very depressing.
I loved finding out some of the history I never knew.
When Jack pushed Ev back out of Twitter.
I can't dislike any of the guys. I can see everyone's side. One thing they all had in common is their loyalty and passion to twitter.
Daniel is the reason I put all 5 stars. I am not native English and listening books requires effort for me. But this is first audiobook that i did not want stop listening mostly because narrator is live, engaged and use voice to highlight dialogs. Really enjoyed. Sad that other Daniel's book are on topics that are not close to me.
(mainly wrote this review because of narrator) Book itself is not bad too. It just too concentrated on dirty laundry. It would be more interesting have more details on decisions beyond firing friends. Some more background on founders. But overall is written with good language.
Amazing story of an amazing company. It's hard to believe this type of drama happens at successful companies, but this book is so meticulously researched and the stories are so detailed that it's completely believable. And, completely addictive and engaging. If you are interested in tech and Silicon Valley, this is a must-read!
I disliked all the hype about how great and interesting the book was, when it was more of an account of activities and not the controversial, earth shattering, reveal all book it was advertised as. I liked the factual guide through the history of the company from start to current day, but it was more of a historical re-count, not very earth shattering or enthralling.
The writing was solid and the performance very good, but I think the hype the tech community put on it really ruined the experience for me by raising expectations of the story.
Maybe when it came out on DVD, unless they throw some more color to what happened and make it a little more fictional, it would be kind of boring. If it were a documentary, that would be interesting, but probably a mirror image of this book.
Ok read, don't get your hopes up and you'll enjoy it more.
I wanted to learn more about Twitter and I accomplished that. There is less to know than I imagined. I heard a lot about internal rivalries that weren't very interesting to me.
Just how small and vulnerable Twitter really was and maybe still is. The pettiness between the founders seemed childish and uninteresting.
Daniel May has a good deep voice and his inflections were just right.
I would say marginally so. The book isn't nearly as interesting as the inside story of Amazon, Apple or Google.
The book made me think less of Twitter as a company and I expect to now spend less time on Twitter.
Yes, certainly. If you want to have a scoop on the start up scene in Silicon Valley this book gives you a true insight on how a multi-billion dollar company was created from scratch
All the personal relationships between the co-founders of twitter. The importance of personal Ego above other rational issues when managing a business.
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