Book Report: Hatching Twitter

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“Hello. I’m the founder, inventor, president, CEO, emperor, ruler, and king of Maurer Labs. Who the hell are you?” This is how I’m going to start introducing myself at networking events from now on. I suggest you do the same no matter what your job title is. Embellish it as much as possible.

That seemed to be the theme of this book. A group of grown men acting like a pack of teenage girls, squabbling about who gets to be the leader of the cheerleading squad. The entire story made me cringe. Their product idea was so simple—something a seasoned engineer could build in a week—yet after a massive wave of luck and being lauded as some of the most influential people of our time, they squandered their newfound fame and wealth in the pursuit of fancy titles.

Can’t people just build cool products, do solid work, make vast sums of money, and go home to live their lives in peace rather than waste time being drama queens? Our world could be such a better place if everyone would set their fragile egos aside. People are so obsessed with money, power, and titles (even those that are already mega-millionaires) and it makes me sick. It’s why the world is in the state that it’s in. Take your money and do something constructive in the world rather than build up your own image.

When people ask Biz about his wealth, he tells them that money rarely changes people; it often just magnifies who they really are.

A year after Ev officially left Twitter, thinking of what had taken place behind his back, he sat down with Sara and they asked each other the following questions: How can we raise our children to never act this way? How can we raise them to be honest and caring?

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