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Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal | [Nick Bilton]

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 $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.
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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

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    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-12-14
    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly Researched; Not That Interesting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just how small and vulnerable Twitter really was and maybe still is. The pettiness between the founders seemed childish and uninteresting.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Daniel May has a good deep voice and his inflections were just right.


    Was Hatching Twitter worth the listening time?

    I would say marginally so. The book isn't nearly as interesting as the inside story of Amazon, Apple or Google.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me think less of Twitter as a company and I expect to now spend less time on Twitter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13
    Bradley Chattanooga, TN, United States 11-24-13
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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about Hatching Twitter?

    I loved finding out some of the history I never knew.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hatching Twitter?

    When Jack pushed Ev back out of Twitter.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim USA 11-15-13
    Kim USA 11-15-13
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    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.

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    lionel 06-27-15
    lionel 06-27-15 Member Since 2015

    If I could tell you.

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    "Intriguing enough for my curiosity"

    The performance of reading is really good that the narrator tries to imitate all the tones from different people. The storyline is a little bit overfocused on the battle between founders, while I wanted to see a bigger picture that may address questions lime why Twitter just succeeded.

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    Alec Meyerhoff 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This was amazing"

    This book was fantastically written and I couldn't have asked for better. Very highly recommended.

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    Arthur 05-18-15
    Arthur 05-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    Fascinating story about twitte. Also the narator was easy to listen to. Highly recommended !

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    Austen Allred Springville, UT 05-14-15
    Austen Allred Springville, UT 05-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    Good book. Some of Bilton's descriptions kill me, but good book. Makes me like Ev and despise Jack a little bit, but what can you do

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    Demonique 04-26-15
    Demonique 04-26-15
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    The story of Twitter was fascinating but the frequent dropping of F-Bombs was very distracting. I realize that some people use this type of language but I am not one of them. I would have loved to invite my teenagers to listen to how this tech company started but the rating is just too mature for them.

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    Kevin Albrecht Stockholm, Sweden 03-20-15
    Kevin Albrecht Stockholm, Sweden 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, well researched!"

    Reads like a novel, but is as well researched as you would want. Great book and is read well. The author does expose some of his obvious biases for certain founders of Twitter and obvious disdain for others, so I take some of the characterizations with a grain of salt.

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    Msingh1 sharon,ma 03-16-15
    Msingh1 sharon,ma 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story, really held your attention "


    Absolutely spelling. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to know the inner dynamics of a startup and the variety of personality types.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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