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There are already applicants from among self-nominated candidates for the position of the new head of Twitter.

Published: 2022-12-20

Yesterday's poll of Twitter users led to the results, according to which Elon Musk should step down as the company's CEO if he still keeps his promise and obeys the "voice of the people." Although the billionaire himself said that no one wants to take this position, "self-nominated" have already been found, and not only in Musk's inner circle.

Associate of the current head of Twitter Jason Calacanis and former head of PayPal David Sacks, as well as partner Andreessen Horowitz Sriram Krishnan can, to one degree or another, claim the role of Musk's successor in this situation. Calacanis even ran his own poll on Twitter, discussing both his own candidacy and David Sacks. The latter received 31.1% of the vote in the "individual standings", the combination of the two applicants scored 21.6%, Calacanis himself limited himself to 8.2% of the vote, and the "other candidate" option scored the most - 39.1%. The survey involved 13,879 Twitter users.

It is generally accepted that the three listed associates of Elon Musk were part of the “landing party” that landed at Twitter headquarters immediately after he acquired the company. According to anecdotal evidence, all three were given the authority to access information and make decisions in the areas of both personnel management and relationships with Twitter advertisers. Calacanis and Sachs further denied any involvement in the management of the company.

Musk has the opportunity to attract a manager for Twitter and from other own companies. Examples of such permutations are known. Tesla Texas head Omead Afshar has been transferred to SpaceX to work on the Starship aircraft. Tom Zhu, who has helped develop the Tesla Supercharger charging station network and build the Shanghai facility since 2014, recently moved to Texas to scale local electric vehicle production.

Elon Musk and Lex Fridman, who is engaged in research in the field of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, openly proposed his candidacy for the post of head of Twitter. He was willing to run the company full-time and pro bono, but Musk urged him to change his mind, talking about the risks of losing the savings invested in Twitter, and also citing the complexity of such work.

Former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg could take the helm of Twitter. If she does not agree to such an offer, the alternative candidate will be Sarah Friar, who previously served as the chief financial officer of Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, who was at the origins of Twitter itself. It is also known that about a month ago, Elon Musk rejected the candidacy of former T-Mobile US CEO John Legere when discussing the choice of a successor to the post of head of Twitter.