The texts of Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk criticize the Twitter board

If Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was hoping to see a culture shift in the company’s top brass, Elon Musk would certainly fit the bill.

But the Tesla CEO’s first foray into the social media space may prove short-lived. After striking a $44 billion deal last April to buy Twitter, Musk has been trying to pull out of it since July, citing the unverifiable number of spam accounts on the platform.

With his court date set for next month in Delaware, details continue to emerge about those turbulent few months, including Musk agreeing to serve on the company’s board of directors before abruptly changing his mind and… opting instead to buy out all remaining shares of Twitter to take the company private.

If Musk had become the sole owner of Twitter or if a judge obligatory that he is going ahead with the purchase anyway – he had already made it clear that he would be making big changes to the social media network and the management of the company. And new evidence reveals how Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, who resigned of the company’s board of directors last May, wanted these changes to happen.

“The board is terrible”, Dorsey wrote to Musk in a text message, one of many that were collected and disclosed this week as part of a pretrial discovery process.

Dorsey’s text – dated April 5, the day Twitter announced Musk as a new board member – spared only the company’s CEO, Parag Agrawal, whom Dorsey called an “incredible engineer”. .

But as the takeover deal dragged on and tensions surfaced between Musk and Twitter’s board, Dorsey made his true feelings about Agrawal and the rest of Twitter’s board known. Twitter in a series of posts criticizing the board’s cautious behavior, while portraying Musk as the company’s saviour. had waited.

Dorsey and the Twitter Board

In texts sent to Musk last March, Dorsey revealed that he tried to get it approved by the board as early as 2020, which the board refused. Dorsey criticized Twitter’s board for being too “risk averse” and said he declined to bring in a character like Musk because he felt it would create “more risk” for the company. company.

It wouldn’t be the last time Dorsey criticized Twitter’s board in his text exchanges with Musk.

On April 25, Dorsey defended Agrawal as “great at getting things done when tasked with a specific direction,” but the next day, apparently after a board meeting, Musk texted Dorsey that the two were in “complete agreement” on Agrawal. , in particular that the CEO of Twitter had “moved far too slowly and tried to please people who will not be happy no matter what he does”.

Dorsey replied about two hours later, “It’s become clear that you can’t work together. It clarified.

Unpredictable Musk

As CEO and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk made a name for himself as a tough, ruthless and sometimes even reckless boss.

Last June, Musk demanded that all Tesla white-collar workers return to the office full-time, warning that those who didn’t could “pretend to work somewhere else.” He expects long hours, willingly working for more than 120 hours per week himselfand would once have worked a 24-hour day—On his birthday.

Musk’s unique leadership style has sometimes gotten him in hot water with his own businesses. A single foray into Twitter can send Tesla stock prices crashing or booming cryptocurrenciesand the shareholders of its companies have even asked the judges to muzzle his Twitter feed.

Musk’s unpredictability as a person and as a boss left some Twitter employees worried last spring that taking office would mean a complete culture shift, including a return to the office and a more demanding work environment in all.

But while Twitter employees worried, Jack Dorsey seems to have been looking forward to Musk getting involved on Twitter for some time. Last April, shortly after the takeover deal was announced, Dorsey sharply criticized Twitter’s board, saying “that’s always been the dysfunction of the business.”

A week later, Dorsey publicly vouched that Musk was the right person to take the company forward by taking it private first. “Elon is the singular solution that I trust. I trust his mission to expand the light of consciousness,” Dorsey wrote.

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