Summary of Hatching Twitter

A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

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Hatching Twitter book summary
Savor the complete story of Twitter in more than 140 characters: the men who created it and their power struggles.


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8 Innovation

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New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton presents the enthralling story of Twitter’s four hacker-engineer founders – Evan “Ev” Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Noah Glass – and their constant infighting, mismanagement and power struggles. Bilton documents Twitter’s “hatching” and – though tech junkies may find the focus on personalities and conflicts rather than technology disappointing – most readers will be instantly absorbed. getAbstract recommends this engrossing start-up biography to investors, entrepreneurs, fans of Twitter and those who enjoy a good corporate tussle. Bilton’s story takes up far more than 140 characters, but every word is worth it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What Twitter is and how it came into being;
  • How power struggles among its founders affected their lives and friendships; and
  • How Twitter, founded in 2006, grew to be worth $10 billion by 2012.


Evan “Ev” Williams
Ev Williams moved to California from his family’s farm in Nebraska in 1997 to take a position as a marketing copywriter for O’Reilly Media. After working for Intel and Hewlett-Packard and teaching himself how to write code, Williams formed Pyra Labs with his girlfriend...
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About the Author

Nick Bilton is a reporter for The New York Times, a popular technology blogger, and author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works.

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