Home News Elon Musk didn’t call Parag Agrawal the “Fire Breathing Dragon,” but he let him go months later: Report

Elon Musk didn’t call Parag Agrawal the “Fire Breathing Dragon,” but he let him go months later: Report

by khushahal vishwakarma
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Elon Musk and Parag Agrawal had a dinner meeting in March 2022, just a few months before Tesla’s CEO purchased Twitter for $44 billion.

Before completing the acquisition of Twitter, billionaire Elon Musk had a meeting with the company’s then-CEO Parag Agrawal over a dinner. However, it was revealed that Agrawal lacked a key leadership quality, as disclosed by author Walter Isaacson, who spent three years researching Elon Musk for his biography. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an excerpt from the book in March, shedding light on Musk’s meeting with Agrawal and what he found lacking in him.

According to WSJ’s report, Musk said, “He’s actually a nice guy, but his principle is that managers shouldn’t be liked.”

After the meeting, Musk commented, “Twitter needs a Fire Breathing Dragon, and Parag is not it.”

Isaacson further revealed that Twitter’s then-interim board chairman, Bret Taylor, was also present at the dinner meeting.

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Following the meeting, both Musk and Agrawal exchanged friendly messages, which became part of a lawsuit filed by Twitter against Musk in September 2022.

On March 27, 2022, Agrawal wrote to Musk, “Hey Elon – great meeting you in person. Looking forward to chatting more.”

“Great dinner :),” replied Musk.

However, things took a turn for the worse in April when Musk tweeted while on a flight, “Most ‘top’ accounts tweet rarely and post very little. Is Twitter dying?”

Ninety minutes later, Agrawal sent Musk a text message, “You’re free to tweet ‘Is Twitter dying?’ or anything about Twitter, but it’s my responsibility to tell you that it doesn’t help make Twitter better in its current context.”

Although the message was polite and carefully worded, Musk responded with, “What have you done this week?” According to WSJ’s report, this was Musk’s final defeat.

In another message, the billionaire stated, “I’m not joining the board. It’s a waste of time. I will make a private offer for Twitter.”

Mr. Agrawal asked if he could speak with Mr. Musk, and then Twitter’s board chairman also requested “five minutes.” However, Musk replied, “Chatting with Parag won’t fix Twitter. Tough action is needed.”

Ultimately, an agreement was reached in October for Musk to acquire Twitter privately. His first move was to oust Mr. Agrawal.

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