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
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.
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.
Literally the best audiobook on startups I've listened to. I've listened to it over and over again and it never gets old.
Can't wait for a sequel to continue on where this one left off.
A captivating story and easy to listen to audiobook about the early days of Twitter. A must read / listen for tech enthusiasts or people who own Twitter stock. I do feel like it's a bit hard on Jack's part of the story. I wasn't there but the book sometimes feels like one side of a story. Great nonetheless.
Liked the story. The audio book revived the history and told a story that I didn't know of. The most admirable aspect of this book is how it wove a story together linking so many different aspects and perspectives.
I thought this was going to be another genes book about a star tech company, but Hatching twitter ended up being a really great telling of a very interesting company. Definitely worth a listen.
This book VERY accurately depicts how boards of joint ventures and jointly-owned for-profit businesses operate. We don't hold hands and sing kumbaya by a campfire. It gets ugly sometimes. Always read your operating agreement.
Wish more technology and culture were covered. The narrator recording sounds like it was edited and spliced together an abnormal amount of times leaving it sounding robotic at times.
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