Musk or Not, Twitter CEO Needs To Go

This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

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Elon Musk, currently the richest guy in the world, has decided he wants to buy Twitter. He has made an unsolicited offer to buy the company that would value the San Francisco-based social media company at over $43 billion. It is not clear whether he will be successful, but one thing is clear — in less than a month, he has turned Twitter into a stock market piñata. 

If not Musk, then someone from the private equity industry or one of the big technology companies — most likely Microsoft, given their cozy relationship with the U.S. government — will try and buy a company that, at best, has been a chronic underperformer. The company will be subject to many upheavals in the months to come. And the only real question we should be asking is: Does Twitter have the right captain to navigate the company through the stormy seas. Is the CEO Parag Agarwal, who replaced Jack Dorsey, up to snuff? 

Agarwal spent many years at the research divisions of Microsoft & Yahoo, including a stint at AT&T Labs, before joining Twitter in 2011 as a software engineer. He rose to the rank of the chief technology officer before he was named Dorsey’s replacement in November of 2021. Sure, Agarwal was at the company for a decade. So I will give him full points for understanding the company’s product and underlying technology. But is he the right leader? Is he the person with the (Read more...)