Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
By Nick Bilton
Ev told Jack he had to chill out with the deluge of media he was doing. It s badfor the company, Ev said. It s sending the wrong message. Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match. But I invented Twitter, Jack said. No, you didn t invent Twitter, Ev replied. I didn t invent Twitter either. Neither didBiz. People don t invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea thatalready exists.
Despite all the coverage of Twitter s rise, Nick Bilton of The New York Times is the firstjournalist to tell the full story a gripping drama of betrayed friendships and highstakespower struggles. The four founders Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass made a dizzyingly fast transition from ordinary engineers to wealthycelebrities. They fought each other bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and controlas Twitter grew larger and more powerful. Ultimately they all lost their grip on it.
Bilton s unprecedented access and exhaustive reporting have enabled him to write anintimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what theyall learned along the way.
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.
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