Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

By Nick Bilton
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.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nick Bilton is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, where he writes about technology, politics, business and culture. He is also a contributor to CNBC, and a former columnist and reporter for The New York Times.

He has written three books, including The New York Times bestseller, “Hatching Twitter,” which chronicled the turmoil and chaos inside Twitter as it grew from a fledgling startup to a multi-billion dollar company. The book is currently being turned into a TV show for Lionsgate.

His next book, “American Kingpin,” will be published by Penguin/Portfolio in May, 2017. The book tells epic story of the hunt for the Dread Pirate Roberts, who created The Silk Road marketplace, which sold guns and drugs on the dark web.

Over the years, Bilton’s columns and articles have led to investigations by the U.S. government, and helped press the Federal Aviation Administration to overturn a rule requiring people to turn off devices during takeoff and landing. He lives in Los Angeles, Calif., with his wife, son, and dog, Pixel.




    REVIEW QUOTES
"Fast-paced and perceptive." --The New York Times Book Review "Exhaustively researched...extensively detailed...unexpectedly addictive." --The Wall Street Journal "#Backstabbing, power struggles and profanity laid bare"- "It is breathless storytelling" --The New York Times "Deeply reported and deliciously written." --The Verge "A compelling read, more like espionage than a corporate history." --Fortune Magazine "With a cinematic approach befitting its eclectic cast of characters, the perceptive read...is rife with Byzantine-like intrigue, character clashes and broken dreams." --USA Today "Nick Bilton's impressively detailed fly-on-the-wall expose of the micro-blogging site's birth and evolution evokes all the titillating elements of a soap opera." -Success Magazine



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