Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal is one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Hatching Twitter is another book by Nick Bilton, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Bilton spends the time to get his facts straight, and it is clear he has an innate gift for storytelling.
I found Hatching Twitter to be such an interesting book because it completely changed my perspective on Twitter and Jack Dorsey. I have always thought that Jack Dorsey was the only founder of Twitter, and that he was a visionary in the way that other founders such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are portrayed (especially since he is currently the CEO of two companies, Twitter and Square). However, in Hatching Twitter, Bilton makes it clear that this is not how Dorsey always was. While it is clear from the book that Dorsey is extremely smart, he was not always the founder his reputation today suggests.
Dorsey was the original person behind the concept of Twitter, but at the time he thought of the idea he was only a relatively low ranking software engineer at a company called Odeo (which is where the original Twitter founders came from). However, after Dorsey thought of the idea, there was a core team of him, Noah Glass, and Evan Williams who originally worked on building it out. These 3 members of Twitter, along with another employee named Biz Stone, form the original team of Twitter co-founders.
Hatching Twitter is such an interesting book because it delves into the company dynamics after the project was started. While Twitter has grown into a huge company today, it went through its fair share of trials and tribulations. There was also undermining of CEOs, fights over control of the company, many friendships shattered, etc. that occurred along the way. For those who are unfamiliar with the true story of Twitter, it is a great way to learn more about the company’s origins, as well as who the founders of the company really are.