What would Twitter be like in the hands of Al Gore? or Microsoft?
Well, both of those parties, including Mark Zuckerberg, all tried making it happen. In New York Times writer Nick Bilton's upcoming book, “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal,” it's revealed that at different points, all three wanted to purchase Twitter at one point. Ballmer and Gore approached the CEO at the time, Ev Williams, about a price, but Zuckerberg went above and beyond and tried hiring co-founder Jack Dorsey when he left the company. This all comes from an excerpt of Bilton's book in NYT Magazine published this Sunday. Also, the excerpt reveals there was a power struggle early on in Twitter, and some disagreement on who would be labeled as founder. Co-founder Jack Dorsey, who left the company, will make about $400 to $500 million when Twitter goes public next month. Another co-founder, Noah Glass, who made essential plays for the company when it was getting started, is practically going to make the same amount you and I will when Twitter goes public. And we aren't getting anything (if you didn't know.)
Bilton's book will be released on November 5th.