By Nick Bilton
For fans of juicy business bestsellers TOO BIG TO FAIL, THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES and BARBARIANS AT THE GATE: the first insider's account of Twitter.
New York Times Bestseller
Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller
Evening Standard pick
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THE ULTIMATE 21ST CENTURY BUSINESS STORY
Ev told Jack he had to 'chill out' with the deluge of media he was doing. 'It's bad for 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 did Biz. People don't invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exsists.'
Since 2006, Twitter has grown from the accidental side project of a failing internet start-up, to a global icon that by 2013 had become an $11.5bn business. But the full story of Twitter's hatching has never been told before.
In his revelatory new book, New York Times journalist Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds, and inside the heads of the four hackers who created it: ambitious millionaire Evan Williams; tattooed mastermind Jack Dorsey; joker and diplomat Biz Stone; and Noah Glass, the shy but energetic geek who invested his whole life in Twitter, only to be kicked out and expunged from the company's official history.
Combining unprecedented access with exhaustive investigative reporting, and drawing on hundreds of sources, documents and internal e-mails, HATCHING TWITTER is a blistering drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles. A business story like no other, it will shock, expose and inspire.
Nick Bilton is a columnist and reporter for the New York Times and also leads its popular Bits Blog, where he explores the disruptive aspects of technology on business and culture, the future of technology, privacy, and the social impact of the Web. He is a regular guest on national TV and radio and the author of I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works. He lives in San Francisco.
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Any book that starts with a description of a chief executive on his knees, throwing up into a bin after being betrayed by friends and investors is unlikely to be a traditional founder's tale.... This well-timed book successfully mines a story so rich it is destined to be told and retold. — Financial Times
This exceptionally well-told story captures the Sillicon valley start-up culture in all its pioneering, hubristic glory. — Irish Times
A tale of Machiavellian plots and coups d'etat, it's just all so gripping. I'm supposed to read all our research for our guests tomorrow but I've got terrible feeling I'm going to finish at 9:30 and just read that. — Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2
Full of lies, bad behavior, and lots and lots of backstabbing . . . despite the fact I've reported on Twitter since its very early days, what Bilton unearthed surprised me, again and again.... Hatching Twitter is an adventure story, written like a crime novel. — Wired
Backstabbing, power struggles and profanity laid bare . . . It is breathless storytelling — The Times
A made-for-the-movies account. — Economist, Books of the Year
Brilliant — RTE Guide