Newly revealed messages between Elon Musk and the Twitter boss, Parag Agrawal, show how their relationship gave the impression to be blossoming earlier than it dramatically soured, with the billionaire Tesla CEO tweeting: “Is Twitter dying?”
The collection of textual content messages, disclosed in a Delaware courtroom submitting, recommend the 2 males had been for a brief interval bonding, together with over their shared love of engineering, after Agrawal received in contact with him, weeks earlier than Musk introduced his supply to purchase Twitter.
The communications supply an perception into the cautious negotiations that had been privately going down. At the time, the billionaire had invested in shares within the social media firm and was suggesting concepts for its enchancment – or proposing beginning his personal social community – in public.
It comes forward of a high-stakes trial, beginning on 17 October, which is able to resolve whether or not the world’s richest man should full the $44bn acquisition of the social media firm he has agreed to. Musk could possibly be deposed as quickly as subsequent week.
“Hey Elon – great to be connected directly. Would love to chat,” wrote Agrawal on 27 March, the BBC reported. The filings show that Musk appreciated the message and they organized to fulfill at about 8pm. A number of days later, on 31 March, they organized to fulfill for dinner close to San Jose, as momentum across the deal accelerated.
A message to Musk from Bret Taylor, the chair of Twitter’s board, mentioned the proposed location at an Airbnb close to the airport, which he mentioned was house to tractors and donkeys, was “the weirdest place I’ve had a meeting recently”.
Afterwards, Agrawal mentioned the dinner was “memorable for multiple reasons”, including that he “really enjoyed it”.
When, just a few days later, it was introduced that Musk would be a part of the board, Agrawal mentioned he was “super excited”.
In one of many textual content conversations, the Associated Press reported, Musk wrote: “I love our conversations!”
When the information of the Tesla CEO becoming a member of the board grew to become public, Musk acquired messages from figures together with the podcaster Joe Rogan, who requested whether or not he would “liberate Twitter from the censorship happy mob”.
“I will provide advice, which they may or may not choose to follow,” Musk responded.
On 5 April, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s former chief govt, described Agrawal as an “incredible engineer” to Musk, however claimed the corporate’s board was “terrible”.
Two days later, Agrawal and Musk gave the impression to be getting on properly, planning their working relationship.
“I wrote heavy duty software for 20 years,” Musk wrote. “I interface way better with engineers who are able to do the hardcore programming than with program manager/MBA types.”
Agrawal responded: “In our next convo – treat me like an engineer instead of a CEO and let’s see where we get to.”
On the identical day, Musk texted Agrawal saying that he had a “ton of ideas” however to let him know if he was “pushing too hard”. He added: “I just want Twitter to be maximum amazing.”
But two days later, on 9 April, got here Musk’s fateful tweet – through which he publicly prompt the platform was floundering – souring their apparently growing relations.
Agrawal reportedly questioned Musk about his public criticism of Twitter within the texts and described his feedback as unhelpful and an “internal distraction”.
“What did you get done this week?” Musk replied lower than one minute later. “I’m not joining the board. This is a waste of time. Will make an offer to take Twitter private.”
On 11 April, Agrawal introduced that Musk wouldn’t be becoming a member of the board. And three days after that, Twitter revealed that Musk had supplied to purchase the corporate for about $44bn – a deal that Twitter agreed to on 25 April.