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Ev told Jack he had to â€œchill outâ€ with the deluge of media he was doing. â€œItâ€™s bad for the company,â€ Ev said. â€œItâ€™s sending the wrong message.â€ Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match.
â€œBut I invented Twitter,â€ Jack said.
â€œNo, you didnâ€™t invent Twitter,â€ Ev replied. â€œI didnâ€™t invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People donâ€™t invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exists.â€
In 2005, Odeo was a struggling podcasting start-up founded by free-range hacker Noah Glass and staffed by a motley crew of anarchists. Less than two years later, its days were numbered and half the staff had been let go. But out of Odeoâ€™s ashes, the remaining employees worked on a little side venture . . . that by 2013 had become an $11.5 billion business.
That much is widely known. But the full story of Twitterâ€™s hatching has never been told before. Itâ€™s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show, and Timeâ€™s list of the worldâ€™s most influential people.