Cha-CHING! Twitter Cofounder Ev Williams Puts $100 Million In The Bank


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Ev Williams, OdeoTwitter came out of a failed company called Odeo

Twitter cofounder and ex-CEO Ev Williams just sold $100 million worth of his Twitter stock – and he’s still the company’s biggest shareholder.Ev is now 2/2 when it comes to turning hot Web properties into cold hard cash.

He sold Blogger to Google back in 2003.

Twitter almost never happened, of course.

Ev’s first post-Google startup was a podcast-distribution company called Odeo. It flopped.

Fortunately for Ev, an employee of his named Jack Dorsey came up with a new idea called Twttr. So Ev paid his Odeo investors back and launched a new company called Obvious, with Twttr as its primary product. That company is now called Twitter, and it’s worth something like $4 billion.

These days, Ev is busy not being busy, having handed over Twitter to new management late last year.

Related:  Twitter Inventor Jack Dorsey Is Working For Twitter Again

How Went From A $7,500 Domain To A $1 Billion Company

May 2006, Twttr launches

March 2006, Twitter's first tweet

July 2006, TechCrunch covers Twttr

August 2006, Users tweet about a San Francisco earthquake

Fall 2006, Twttr becomes Twitter

January 2007, Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone

January 2007, Twitterrific launches

March 2007, Twitter dominates SXSW

July 2007, Twitter raises $5 million.

October 2007, Google acquires Jaiku

May 2008, Twitter raises $22 million

October 2008, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down

November 2008, Shaq joins Twitter

Fall 2008, Facebook tries to acquire Twitter

February 2009, Twitter raises $35 million

April 2009, CNN acquires Twitter account CNNbrk

April 2009, Oprah joins Twitter

June 2009, Iran riots over elections

September 2009, Twitter Raises $100 Million at a $1 Billion valuation.

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