Indian-American Interested In Twitter CEO’s Job, Writes To Elon Musk

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

Indian-origin MIT scholar Shiva Ayyadurai has expressed his interest for the job of Twitter CEO.

Elon Musk, who acquired the social media platform two months ago, recently conducted a poll on Twitter asking users if they want him to step down as Twitter CEO.

The results revealed majority of those who voted (57.5%) wanted Musk to step down from the position. Musk responded by posting that he will resign as soon as he finds “someone foolish enough for the job.”

Ayyadurai applied for the job through a tweet addressed to Musk, where he has written that he holds four degrees from MIT and has created seven high-tech software companies, and is the ‘inventor’ of email.

“Dear Mr Musk (@elonmusk): I am interested in the CEO position @Twitter. I have 4 degrees from MIT & have created 7 successful high-tech software companies. Kindly advise of the process to apply. Sincerely, Dr Shiva Ayyadurai, MIT PhD. The Inventor of Email,” psoted Ayyadurai.

Mumbai-born Ayyadurai grew up in a Tamil Nadu village before shifting to the US.

His MIT degrees are — undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science; Master’s degree in visual studies from MIT Media Laboratory on scientific visualization; Master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

His claim to have invented email is disputed as a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson is widely believed and acknowledged to be the inventor.

Justifying his method of applying for the Twitter job, Ayyadurai wrote: “Thanks for your support on my recent tweet @elonmusk re: the CEO position @Twitter. I believe anyone wanting THIS role must be fully transparent and publicly post their qualifications. My experience began when I invented email at age 14, long before I earned 4 degrees from MIT.”

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