As Elon Musk completes his $44 billion purchase of Twitter, a high-ranking Twitter employee who was fired while on paternity leave expresses his disappointment but hopes that the company’s ‘greatest days are yet ahead of it.’
Kayvon Beykpour, the head of consumer products, was fired on Thursday as Musk made a move with his purchase of the social media giant.
‘The truth is that this isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter, and this wasn’t my decision. [CEO] Parag [Agrawal] asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction,’ Beykpour said.
Musk’s future intentions were barely discussed by the Stanford graduate, who joined the business in 2015.
While frightened employees fear that Musk will scale back the site’s vast content monitoring system, he lauded his team for their work on new goods and safety features.
‘I’m proud that we changed the perception around Twitter’s pace of innovation, and proud that we shifted the culture internally to make bigger bets, move faster, and eliminate sacred cows,’ said the ousted Iranian-American tech executive.
Following the billionaire’s purchase, general manager for revenue Bruce Falck was also abruptly fired.
Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s Head of Consumer Product, was fired on Thursday after the company’s CEO told him “he wants to lead the team on a different path.”
Periscope was founded by an Iranian-American IT executive and sold to Twitter in 2015. He thereafter joined the company. In April 2017, Beykpour was pictured at the Kairos Society Global Summit Welcome Dinner at the Rockefeller family mansion in Tarrytown, New York.
Beykpour announced his farewell in a series of tweets Thursday morning.
‘While I’m disappointed, I take solace in a few things: I am INSANELY proud of what our collective team achieved over the last few years, and my own contribution to this journey,’ Beykpour wrote in a Twitter thread on Thursday.
He praised the company’s daily active user growth, which he claims has increased by 87% during the second quarter of 2018.
After selling his video streaming business Periscope, he joined the company in 2015. In 2010, he graduated from Stanford University.
Twitter’s work on Spaces, Communities, Topics, creator tools, and safety measures, according to Beykpour, is particularly impressive.
‘To the hard-working (current and former) Tweeps out there who made all this happen: Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into this place.
‘I hope and expect that Twitter’s best days are still ahead of it. Twitter is one of the most important, unique, and impactful products in the world. With the right nurturing and stewardship, that impact will only grow,’ he said.
Beykpour, the founder of Periscope, revealed on Twitter that he did not want to go but was forced out by CEO Parag Agrawal while on paternity leave in order to ‘move the team in a new direction.’