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Publisher's Summary

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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Not enthralling, just interesting

I've read plenty of business stories and listen to many on podcasts. This one was just so-so and simply left me with the sense of "Wow! So happy I've never worked at Twitter." Bilton is a mediocre writer who has a love affair with his own metaphors and similes. He'll never be in the same league as Michael Lewis. If you are fascinated with Twitter, you will like this book. If you're not, there are more interesting books out there.

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The Great American #Novel

Books about technology are almost as good as technology. All the words without the glow

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Great insight into the turmoil of formation

We see a big brand and assume that the mission and leadership were always on a straight path to success. Hatching Twitter provides insight into the many struggles behind the product we know today.

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Who founded Twitter?

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

There is a dark history behind the inception of Twitter. Some win, some lose and some both. History also repeats itself several times over at Twitter. An engaging book filled with drama and emotions.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All co-founders - Noah, Evan, Jack, Biz were interesting.

Have you listened to any of Daniel May’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator's performance was good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Real Social Network

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This has changed my perspective of Twitter and how I used the service. After completing the book, I went through all the people I followed and unfollowed most! I wanted to use Twitter to get the most relevant tweets in the shortest possible time.Twitter has multiple personalities. It can be what you want it to be. One has to ensure that the right people/organizations/groups are followed, so that the tweets are useful. It then starts to bring the world to you in the quickest possible way.

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Best audiobook on startups!

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.

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Interesting listen for tech enthusiasts

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.

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Outstanding narration of events

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.

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Great - better than I thought

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.

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Most accurate depiction of JV board governance

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.

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Agonizing

Wow, the turbulence of a startup! Makes you uneasy about friends you are working with. They might bite you in the end.