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Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal (edició 2013)

de Nick Bilton (Autor)

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"Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways. Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders-Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass-went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people. Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting-drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails-have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate"--… (més)
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Títol:Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal
Autors:Nick Bilton (Autor)
Informació:Portfolio (2013), Edition: First Edition, 320 pages
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Normally, books have protagonists and antagonists, and you can at least empathize with some of the characters -- in fiction or non-fiction. With this book, you end up solidly hating everyone involved. It's amazing that Twitter exists today if even 10% of this book is accurate. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
A look into what goes on inside a tech startups as seen through the eyes of founders, investors, employees, friends and families. Often when you read startup news (blog, sites), all you see is money, power and fame. But what actually goes into making a startup successful is almost always left out - emotions and the politics that doesn't care for emotions. As an entrepreneur myself, this book has now helped me realize the true meaning of starting up, about what it costs, and about the things that founders would not think about. Granted it's only one example (Twitter, in case you couldn't guess), it seems to be the story of most successful companies. I think this is one of the one book that will have the most impact on my life. ( )
  krngl | Dec 13, 2020 |
So many lessons to be learned here.

"Don't hire your friends" might be one.

I think, though, that the troubles that assailed the leadership of Twitter were due as much to lack of good communication as anything else. But I get ahead of myself.

Four young men essentially founded Twitter. The original germ of an idea was Noah Glass's, but it evolved through the work of all four and other employees of the Odeo company. Odeo was the child of Ev Williams, who had made millions when he created Blogger and eventually sold it to Google. It was Ev who financed Twitter for years, while its problems were ironed out and Twitter accounts skyrocketed. Ev paid out of pocket and found investors during those early years when nobody even thought about how it was eventually going to make money.

As Twitter gained in popularity and success, however, it was in danger of being run into the ground by an incompetent CEO. Three of the four co-founders were ousted by the company they created - or rather by forces within that company, and the fourth left of his own volition.

Ev was the only one who had previously run a company, and so was competent if not expert in the job. The incredible rapid growth of Twitter would have crushed an experienced CEO, however. Problems with the software and a lack of agreement on the direction the company needed to take led to the ousters. But it was more than that.

In each case, the removal of the person was the subject of many secret meetings. When the move was announced all legal issues were tied up so there was no recourse. In each case, the person was allowed to continue doing what he had been doing all along, even though many disagreed with the direction, until the boom fell.

I think the disagreements should have been openly acknowledged and a time period to change course offered. Then, if that didn't work out, the board could remove the person. It seems to me that this would have been the ethical way to manage the company. The secrecy led to resentment and in one case the return of Jack, who brought back with him all the reasons he was kicked out in the first place.

It is clear that the writer, through his interviews and reading of thousands of messages and other documents, came to favor Ev Williams. The book is more a story of Ev than of anyone else, and he comes across favorably, except that his very real faults are discussed. On the other hand, Jack comes across as the primary villain of the piece. Because Jack also founded Square, one of my favorite things, I find myself a little distressed.

I suspect that if I knew the full story behind any of the mega-startups in recent years I would find similar stories, however. This much was suggested by Bilton in an interview I heard on the radio. I would probably hate them all. I think, though, of Ev and wife Sara's goal with their children: that they raise them so that they never "act this way".

All the cuteness that is Twitter hides an ugly past. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
For a story that hinges on fights over the product, Twitter itself is almost invisible here.

EG The war over the API and third-party tokens gets barely a sentence, which is strange since third-party clients are what made and saved Twitter. (Twitterrific came up with "tweet" as a verb). Also absent is any mention of Tweetdeck, which they bought and killed after it gave them a way into business. Dick's reign is handled very gently, too. No mention of dickbar, even.

Still, the VCs come out of this terribly. Fred Wilson especially. ( )
  st3t | Aug 3, 2020 |
I find corporate politics fascinating and always have. I've been a Twitter user since the first year it was born. Nick Bilton writes the story of the Twitter's corporate politics is fascinating. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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"Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways. Now Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders-Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass-went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time's list of the world's most influential people. Bilton's exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting-drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, and internal e-mails-have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of fame, influence, and power. He also captures the zeitgeist and global influence of Twitter, which has been used to help overthrow governments in the Middle East and disrupt the very fabric of the way people communicate"--

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