Elon Musk vs Twitter: Some private conversations emerge between the parties

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Se Elon Musk he does not make people talk about himself, it is the others who make people talk about him. In this case, at the center of the scandal there are some documents that emerged regarding conversations between Musk and key Twitter figures, like the founder Dorseythe current CEO Parag Agrawal and many others. Some very hot revelations in view of the trial that sees Elon Musk against Twitterwhich should take place in a few weeks.

Some conversations have emerged between Elon Musk and key Twitter people

As you well know, Elon Musk has long tried to reach an agreement for the acquisition of the social network Twitter. Things didn’t end well at all and, in a few weeks, there will be a trial between Musk and Twitter. But just in the last few hours gods have emerged papers which reveal some conversations occurred between the CEO of Tesla and big shots of the social, from the founder Jack Dorsey to the president Bret Taylorto go to CEO Agrawal and other conversations with investor Jason Calacanis and even Joe Rogan.

Obviously these are pieces of conversation, so it’s difficult to fully understand the context, but from a few sentences you can understand the strained relationships between the CEO of Tesla and the people of Twitter.

As TechCrunch reports, in a conversation in early April with the Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal – before their relationship soured – Musk admitted he dislikes being a leader. “Frankly, I hate doing managerial stuff. I don’t think I should be anyone’s boss. But I like to help solve technical / product design problems, ”Musk told Agrawal. In short, Elon Musk doesn’t want to be a boss. And it’s a rather strange revelation given that it comes out of the mouth – or keyboard – of the CEO of several companies.

The relationship between Musk and Agrawal looked promising at first. “Treat me like an engineer instead of a CEO,” Agrawal told Musk.

During their conversations, Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey regularly speaks very positively about Agrawal’s engineering capabilities. But on April 26, Dorsey, Musk and Agrawal attended a Google Hangout together to discuss the acquisition. Judging by the lyrics, it didn’t go well. And right here it seems that the relationship between Musk and Agrawal has become strained.

“At least it has become clear that you cannot work together. This has been made clear. ”She said Dorsey.

Elon Musk’s extravagant idea

Elon Musk has had some controversial ideas for Twitter, like verifying that all users were human and making the algorithm open source (this was Dorsey’s idea first). But perhaps his worst idea is fighting bot spam making people pay dogecoin to tweet.

“I have an idea for a blockchain social media system that runs both payments and short text / link messages like Twitter. You have to pay a small amount to post your message on the chain, which will eliminate the vast majority of spam and bots. Freedom of speech is guaranteed ”.

A few days later, on April 13, Musk’s idea took shape.

“This is a blockchain-based version of Twitter, where ‘tweets’ are embedded in the comment transaction,” he told Steve Davis, president of The Boring Company. “So you’d have to pay like 0.1 Doge per comment or repost of that comment.” Luckily, Musk later concluded that a blockchain-based Twitter would not be feasible at this time.

Moving on to the relationship between Dorsey and Musk, it seems that as early as March the two were conversing about the future of Twitter. “We need a new platform. It can’t be a company. This is why I left, ”he said Dorsey. When Musk asked what Twitter should be like, Jack replied, “I think it has to be an open source protocol, funded by some kind of foundation that doesn’t own the protocol, it just advances it. A bit like Signal did. It cannot have an advertising model ”.

In a public comment in April, Dorsey said that “Elon is the only solution” he trusts. But privately he was equally supportive of Musk. “I appreciate you. This is the right and only way. I will continue to do whatever it takes to make it all work, ”the founder told a Musk.

Conversations with Gayle King

Elon Musk then spoke with Gayle King, co-host of a CBS program. “ELON! You are buying Twitter! Now don’t you think we should sit face to face together? As today’s kids say, this move [l’acquisto di Twitter] it’s a “gangsta move”. “

Musk then told Gayle King that Oprah should join the Twitter board. “Maybe Oprah would be interested in joining the Twitter board if my offer goes through. Wisdom about humanity and knowing what is right are more important than so-called “council governance” skills, which in my experience mean practically nothing, “she said. Musk.

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis would have offered to be CEO of Twitter

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Another interesting information is that the entrepreneur Jason Calacanis he volunteered to be the Twitter CEO. She couldn’t help but contact Musk in April, when news of the offer to buy Twitter was circulating.

“You could easily clean up bots and spam and make the service workable for many more users – removing bots and spam is far less complicated than what Tesla’s self-driving team is doing,” he wrote. Calacanis. “And why should blue ticks be limited to the elite, the press and celebrities? How is it democratic? “

Calacanis also suggested that cut Twitter’s workforce by more than half to make his revenue math more favorable. “Day zero,” wrote Calacanis. “Sharpen your blades guys. Two days a week of presence in the office = 20% voluntary departures. “

When Musk asked if he wanted to be a strategic advisor if the deal went through, Calacanis replied: “Board member, advisor, whatever… Put me in the game, coach! Twitter CEO is my dream job ”.

Later however it seems that even in this case relationships have cracked. “Morgan Stanley e Jared [Birchall, il gestore patrimoniale/braccio destro di Musk] they think you’re using our friendship not in a positive way, ”Musk wrote in May. In fact, the entrepreneur would have fielded investment interests.

And finally, too Joe Rogan he would have been enthusiastic. “I REALLY hope you have Twitter,” wrote Joe Rogan on March 23. “If you do, we should throw a crazy party”. (Musk replied with the 100 emoji).

If you are curious to read all the conversations, you can find the entire document by visiting this page.