New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal is central to Jack Dorsey’s plans to revamp social media

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  • Twitter’s upcoming CEO Parag Agarwal is an engineer who has worked over the past decade to become the company’s head of technology.
  • A former company executive told Businesshala that Agarwal has been Jack Dorsey’s closest partner in thinking about the future of the Twitter platform and the decentralization of social media.
  • “He has been my pick for a while now because of how deeply he understands the company and its needs,” Dorsey wrote in a letter to employees.

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After stepping down as Twitter’s CEO on Monday, Jack Dorsey is handing the reins over to a computer scientist with a Stanford PhD who had a central role in developing the company’s artificial intelligence technology, all while taking a largely public view. were out.

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Parag Agarwal, who joined Twitter a decade ago and served as the technology chief in 2017, will take over as CEO soon after Dorsey’s surprise resignation. Dorsey described his belief in Agarwal as “bone deep”.

“The board went through a rigorous process considering all options and unanimously appointed Parag,” Dorsey wrote in an email to Twitter employees on Monday. “He’s been my pick for a while now because of how deeply he understands the company and its needs.”

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Agarwal has been Dorsey’s closest partner in contemplating the future of the Twitter platform, according to a former company executive, who asked not to be named to protect privacy. asked for

Notably, Agarwal has been instrumental in building Project Bluesky, an open-source project that has tapped some notable crypto developers to create an open standard for social media. It aims to create technology and protocols that will allow content posted on a service to work across multiple social networks, just as an email can be read using a provider.

Agarwal contrasts Dorsey as the public face of one of the tech industry’s most high-profile companies. While Dorsey is a well-known and, in some circles, infamous figure in Silicon Valley for helping build several successful start-ups and capturing a large audience for his thoughts on crypto, attention and international travel, Agarwal took to Twitter. Been almost entirely behind the scenes.

Dorsey has 5.9 million Twitter followers. Agarwal had about 24,000 earlier in the day, though that number had grown to over 100,000 by late morning Pacific time.

Prior to joining Twitter in October 2011, Agarwal worked in research at AT&T Labs, Microsoft and Yahoo, according to him. linkedin page, He completed his doctorate studies in 2012.

Agarwal must have been running a company with over 5,500 people, which was less than 1,000 when he arrived.

“While it was a decade ago, those days seem like yesterday to me,” Agarwal written in email employees on Monday. “I’ve walked in your place, I’ve seen ups and downs, challenges and obstacles, victories and mistakes. But then and now, above all, I am in awe of the incredible influence of Twitter, our continued progress and the exciting opportunities before us.”

As CTO, Agarwal led the company’s technology strategy and helped guide the development of AI and machine learning technologies his bio,

Former Twitter software engineer Timothy Chklovsky praised Agarwal for his leadership style, technical prowess and commitment to Twitter.

Chklovsky, who worked with Agarwal from 2012 to 2014, told Businesshala, “Pale is exceptional, understands problems, stays up late to get it done, gives advice to others — he’s the whole package.” “And he lives and breathes Twitter.”

Twitter’s head of site integrity, Joel Roth, tweeted similar sentiments after the announcement.

“Parag was one of the first engineers I started with on Twitter (when we were first working on timeline rankings),” Roth wrote. “The rigor he brings to every decision was evident then, and I am glad to see it recognized today.”

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