Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey speaks up after mass layoffs

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses trainees throughout a city center at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India, November 12, 2018.

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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey asked forgiveness Saturday for growing the business “too quickly,” a day after the business laid off around half of its workers under brand-new owner Elon Musk.

“Folks at Twitter past and present are strong and resilient. They will always find a way no matter how difficult the moment,” Dorsey wrote in a tweet. “I realize many are angry with me. I own the responsibility for why everyone is in this situation: I grew the company size too quickly. I apologize for that.”

As of June 30, 2013, soon prior to the social networks business went public, Twitter had around 2,000 workers, according to files submitted with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. By completion of in 2015, the business reported more than 7,500 full-time workers.

After Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk took ownership of Twitter on Oct. 28, the business started a high decrease in its labor force. Twitter notified workers Thursday night that it would start laying off employee, according to interactions acquired by CNBC. 

The cuts impacted an overall of 983 workers in California, its house state, according to 3 letters of notification that the business sent out to local authorities, which were acquired by CNBC.

Musk composed in a tweet on Friday afternoon, “Regarding Twitter’s reduction in force, unfortunately there is no choice when the company is losing over $4M/day. Everyone exited was offered 3 months of severance, which is 50% more than legally required.”

Twitter’s decrease in force extended beyond California, and CNBC might not instantly validate whether Musk’s description is precise. A loss of $4 million each day at the business would represent a yearly loss around $1.5 billion.

Dorsey co-founded Twitter in 2006 together with Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams. Dorsey held the leading task two times throughout management modifications and stepped down as CEO in 2015. The business’s then-chief innovation officer Parag Agrawal was successful Dorsey as CEO prior to leaving as part of Musk’s takeover.

Dorsey has actually given that moved his focus to entirely handling his payments business Block, previously referred to as Square. He has actually been an outspoken supporter of Musk’s takeover, writing in a tweet that “This is the right path… I believe it with all my heart.”

—CNBC’s Lora Kolodny and Jonathan Vanian added to this report.


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