Alistair Barr, USA TODAY
SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter Chairman Jack Dorsey betrayed friend and co-founder Noah Glass by getting him ousted from the social media and micro-blogging company, according to a new book by New York Times reporter Nick Bilton.
In 2006, when Twitter was just getting started, Dorsey met with Twitter's other co-founder Evan Williams and threatened to quit if Glass was not let go, according to an New York Times adaptation of Bilton's book, "Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal," which will be published next month.
Williams asked Glass to leave in July of that year, saying the decision was his alone. That same night, Glass told Dorsey about the ultimatum over drinks at a San Francisco club. Dorsey "acted dumbfounded and blamed Williams," the article said.
Two weeks later, Glass was forced out and Dorsey soon became chief executive of Twitter, according to the article.
Twitter has since grown into a new social media phenomenon and is on course for a November IPO that will make Williams a billionaire on paper and Dorsey worth over half a billion dollars.
Glass, who came up with the name Twitter according to Bilton's book, has faded into obscurity. His Twitter page says "i started this" and on the day the company announced IPO plans he tweeted "I wish the twitter team the best of luck and trust that they will be successful in continuing to develop this important communication tool."
Dorsey has gone on to start and lead Square, a mobile payments start-up that helps thousands of small businesses accept credit card payments easily.
However, his reputation takes several hits in the excerpt of Bilton's book. Dorsey was once turned down for a job at a Camper shoe store and once told Glass that he was going to quit the tech business to become a fashion designer.
Bilton also reported that when Dorsey himself was later pushed out of Twitter he considered joining Facebook.
Representatives at Twitter and Square, the mobile payments start-up headed by Dorsey, did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.