Hatching Twitter - Nick Bilton

Hatching Twitter

By Nick Bilton

  • Release Date: 2013-11-05
  • Genre: Business & Personal Finance
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • An inspiring, yet cautionary tale

    By sgt kong
    A great read.
  • It's a Dan Brown Novel for Geeks

    By kingscast
    Remarkably engaging and a non-stop page turner. Wonderful insight into the soap opera that gave us the most influential social network.
  • Really enjoyed this

    By ronychammas
    Loved the inside scoop and all the drama. Great read
  • Couldn't put it down

    By aaaaaeeeeeemmmmm
    This book is the Soul of a New Machine of our generation. It's an insider account of how a utility to connect people ultimately tore them apart. Brilliant reporting and writing.
  • Exciting telling of the founding of Twitter

    By iParks
    Couldn't put his book down. Very interesting to learn the story behind the creation of my favorite social network.
  • Revealing

    By jhons nickname
    Opens your eyes to a lot, not only about Twitter and how it started but difference walks of life...
  • Great read

    By prenagha
    Fanstastic insider gossip. The Jack vs Ev stuff is such good insider drama.
  • Great Read!

    By Upstod
    Great finding out about the behind the sceens @ twitter. Had no idea Ev and Biz have not been a part of twitter for the last couple of years.
  • Revealing

    By dripLove
    Hatching Twitter pulls back the curtain of "the team" that built Twitter. It shows the darkside of building a product with egos and media coverage in play. It changed my perception of who did what, and who cared about what. The chapters are short, and Nick's writing style is concise. It was very enjoyable. Thank you for writing this Nick.