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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey steps down

Evan Williams takes the helm of the popular micro-blogging site

Technology trends and news by Bambi Francisco Roizen
October 16, 2008 | Comments (2)
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/498

 Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his role, to make room for Evan Williams. Twitter announced the news on its blog. Here's what Evan Williams said in his post:

"Three years ago during my time as CEO of Odeo, I was lucky to be working with a software engineer Jack Dorsey who wasn't afraid to bring up an idea he'd been thinking about for a long time. What if a simple status message was the format for a social communication service? We were exploring various options for Odeo at the time and experimenting with SMS, so the idea was intriguing. Jack teamed up with Biz Stone to design a prototype. This simple idea called Twitter proved increasingly interesting the more we fleshed it out.

After my company Obvious purchased the assets of Odeo which at the time included Twitter from the shareholders, we decided to form Twitter, Inc as a separate company founded by myself along with Jack and Biz. Jack had by then been leading the project for months with Biz's support, and I was intent on pursuing Obvious. With my blessing, the reigns of Twitter CEO were handed to Jack and I accepted a position as Chairman of the Board.

Rising quickly to the challenge, Jack took Twitter through an order of magnitude of growth and two major rounds of financing, while safely navigating some very rocky waters that would have taken even more experienced leaders down with the ship. Jack is a unique individual with a knack for artful minimalism and simplicity, combined with great vision and ambition. We are indeed fortunate to have his guidance."

Jack remains Chairman, said Evan. "We're entering a new phase now and there are new kinds of challenges ahead. Healthy companies acknowledge the need for change even during the best of times. As Twitter grows both internally and externally, we took a good look at our path forward and saw the need for a focused approach from a single leader."

We wish Jack all the best of luck. So, what's he doing now? By the looks of it on Twitter, he's calling his folks.

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Gary Silver
Gary Silver, on October 17, 2008

@Meliza Leadership is a bit more Obvious now


Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler, on October 19, 2008

I made a postup about this move for Twitter, and also commented on Jack's role in the team right from its early start:

http://tinyurl.com/67blsc


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