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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast-paced and perceptive…Bilton sketches the founders’ backgrounds and personalities in quick, skillful strokes…He contextualizes the founders’ disagreements about the fundamental nature of Twitter with a light, easy touch and unpretentious insight.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Nick Bilton’s opus Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal goes where no book has gone before…Informative on many levels.”

    Huffington Post

  • “This well-timed book successfully mines a story so rich it is destined to be told and retold.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “If you’re looking for a quick, well-written, thoroughly researched human drama, the story of an utterly dysfunctional foursome and the accelerated unraveling of their once brilliant partnership, this is your book.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2013
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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