I always find the founding stories of tech companies fascinating. More interesting though is getting a look beyond the creation myths into the often less rosy reality of starting a company.
Nick Bilton of the NYTimes has done a masterful job capturing the arc of Twitter from the early formative days at Odeo to the game of executive musical chairs culminating in founder Evan Williams ouster and Jack Dorsey’s return.
While the book goes to great pains to present all sides, it is impossible not to read Jack Dorsey as the villain. The degree to which Dorsey has been successful in presenting his revisionist history of Twitter is both simultaneously impressive and disturbing. For someone who is often compared to Steve Jobs it would appear that while Dorsey may have mastered the reality distortion field, there is still much to be learned.
It’s a good holiday break read, definitely give Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal a few hours of your time.
(Today Disney announced that Jack Dorsey would be joining their board. I can’t help but wonder if they have any idea what they are getting themselves into.)