Sunday, November 17, 2013

Betrayed by a Close Friend


1. Bill Daley and Joe Biden

On the CBS morning show last week, Bill Daley, Obama’s former chief of staff who is now a CBS News contributor, acknowledged the story in Double Down that he had pushed to poll to see if Biden should be dumped from the 2012 ticket and replaced with Hillary, something he never told Biden; this, even though the vice president was the best friend and one of the few defenders the unpopular chief of staff had in the White House. Daley had been Biden’s national political director on his ’88 presidential bid.

2. Noah Glass and Jack Dorsey

What Glass didn’t know was that Dorsey was the one who wanted him out. Perhaps it was because he sensed vulnerability or perhaps it was because Glass was the only person who could rightly insist that the status updater was not Dorsey’s idea alone. Whatever his reasons, Dorsey had recently met with Williams and threatened to quit if Glass wasn’t let go. And for Williams, the decision was easy. Dorsey had become the lead engineer on Twitter, and Glass’s personal problems were affecting his judgment. (For a while, portions of the company existed entirely on Glass’s I.B.M. laptop.) After conferring with the Odeo board, around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2006, Williams asked Glass to join him for a walk to South Park. Sitting on a green bench, Williams gave his old friend an ultimatum: six months’ severance and six months’ vesting of his Odeo stock, or he would be publicly fired. Williams said the decision was his alone.

That night, a defeated Glass met with Dorsey at a nearby club, where they drank late into the night. At one point, as they stood at the bar to order another round of drinks, Glass confided his day’s ordeal. Dorsey acted dumbfounded and blamed Williams. As the night came to a close, Glass hugged his friend and walked home. Two weeks later, he was forced out of the two companies he co-founded. Dorsey soon became chief executive of Twitter.