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Twitter: Who were the Odeo investors who were not interested in Twitter? - Quora
Investors in Odeo (remaining investors in Twitter are in bold, the rest presumably pulled out) [1]:
Charles River Ventures (apparently pulled out from Odeo, but came back in only in Series B - feel free to suggest an edit here)
Mitch Kapor
Joe Kraus
Tim O'Reilly
Ron Conway
Josh Kopelman
Don Hutchinson
Dave Pell
Francesco Caio
Barbara Poggiali
Emanuele Angelidis
James Hong
Ed Zschau
Ariel Poler
Amicus Capital
Maples Investments
twitter  odeo  investors  quora 
november 2011 by rufous
How did Jack Dorsey, Ev William and Biz Stone split up the equity on Twitter when they restructured Twitter (post-Odeo)? - Quora
The initial employees got somewhere between 0.5% and 1.5%, Jack got something like 5% to 15%, and Biz probably got something similar. All of these were FOUNDERS SHARES, common stock, not preferred, but also not options. It might seem small, but it was extremely generous of Ev. It was his company and his money. 
evan_williams  founders  biz_stone  twitters  odeo  options  equity  quora 
november 2011 by rufous
What's the story of how Twitter got started at Odeo? - Quora
When it became clear that Odeo was not going to become a huge success in the podcasting space, there was a period of soul searching and hack days. One of those hack days, Jack, Noah, and Florian (another rails dev at Odeo), created Twitter.  The initial version seemed interesting, Noah, Jack, and Florian kept working on it for several months, while the rest of the team stayed focused on Odeo.

At this time, there were various efforts to sell Odeo, which didn't pan out. It became clear that the development team was bigger than was needed to experiment with Twitter and maintain Odeo. So the VP of Product, Tim Roberts, VP of Engineering, Tony Stubblebine, myself, and Dom who was running QA, left. 
twitter  jack_dorsey  evan_williams  odeo  founders  quora 
november 2011 by rufous
Odeo Releases Twttr
But the fact that this is coming from Odeo makes me wonder – what is this company doing to make their core offering compelling? How do their shareholders feel about side projects like Twttr when their primary product line is, besides the excellent design, a total snoozer?
odeo  twitter  techcrunch 
march 2011 by rufous
Twitter on Scala
Twitter started as a hack project at a company called ODEO, which was focused on podcasting. As ODEO was having some troubles in its latter days as a company, they started experimenting, to keep engineers involved by letting them play around with ideas they had on the side. One of the engineers, Jack Dorsey, had been really interested in status. He was looking at his AIM buddy list, and seeing that all of these guys were saying, “I’m walking the dog,” “I’m working on this,” “I’m going to that.” He wondered if there was some way to make it easier for people to share that status. So he and a couple other engineers started prototyping what became Twitter on Ruby on Rails, which was the stack that ODEO was built on. And Twitter continues today to be primarily a Rails application, with a bunch of Ruby daemons doing asynchronous processing on the backend.
twitter  rails  odeo  jack_dorsey  scala  alex_payne  java  programming  performance  languages  jvm 
january 2010 by rufous

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