Twitter’s new CEO Parag Agrawal has largely remained silent via the firm’s ongoing rollercoaster trip, whilst its possible future proprietor Elon Musk continues to very a lot do the other.
However Agrawal lastly broke his silence following an particularly tumultuous week on the firm, which noticed him oust two key executives, Twitter’s head of product Keyvon Beykpour and Bruce Falck, who led the income facet of the corporate.
“The reality is that this isn’t how and once I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my choice,” Beykpour mentioned of the shock choice, which occurred whereas he was out on paternity depart. Beykpour defined that Agrawal requested him to go away the corporate on account of a want to take the patron workforce “in a unique path.”
In his new tweet thread, Agrawal deftly mentioned rather a lot with out saying a lot of substance, a traditional CEO talent probably not shared by his typically informal, off-the-cuff predecessor.
Agrawal defined that he does count on the Musk deal to shut, however that underneath his watch, Twitter must “be ready for all eventualities.” His feedback principally gesture on the present financial local weather, through which the tech trade and the broader inventory market have come crashing down from current highs. Startups and tech giants alike are battening the hatches, trimming prices and placing hiring freezes in place to climate the storm. In response to Agrawal, Twitter is doing the identical.
“Individuals have additionally requested: why handle prices now vs after shut?” Agrawal mentioned. “Our trade is in a really difficult macro setting – proper now. I gained’t use the deal as an excuse to keep away from making essential choices for the well being of the corporate, nor will any chief at Twitter.”
What’s much less clear is how Agrawal’s choice to chop influential leaders within the firm squares with no matter imaginative and prescient Musk has in retailer. Whereas Twitter languished for the higher a part of a decade with out new merchandise or investor-pleasing development, the corporate has seemed like a really totally different beast over the past yr, transport new shopper merchandise left and proper, fixing for laborious issues like harassment and experimenting with new income streams to set it free from promoting. No matter Agrawal’s strikes in the end imply, the corporate seems to be switching tracks, eliminating two figures who laid a whole lot of current groundwork for development within the course of. If Agrawal will survive that course of and stick it out into the Musk period is anybody’s guess at this level.
In the meantime, the Musk sideshow goes on. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO certainly appears to be locked into the Twitter deal at this level, however he continues to sow chaos and rack up possible SEC fines nonetheless. On Friday, Musk forged doubt over the entire thing, claiming that the deal is “briefly on maintain” as he evaluations the social community’s ratio of bots to actual accounts, simply one of many platform’s many existential points however the one which occurs to be his pet concern.
On the time of writing, that supposed improvement wasn’t supported by any monetary filings or corroborating proof. Whereas it’s doable Musk is attempting to again out or re-price his buy by some means, it’s simply as possible that the notoriously mercurial billionaire is simply tweeting his passing ideas stream of consciousness-style, SEC fines be damned, on this case to the detriment of the corporate he’s ostensibly attempting to purchase.