Elon Musk ‘Straight-up Alone,’ ‘Winging’ Twitter Changes: Chris Sacca

  • Chris Sacca posted a series of tweets analyzing and largely criticizing Elon Musk’s leadership style.
  • Saka, an early investor in Twitter, referred to Musk’s approach to Twitter as “move fast and alone.”
  • “We all need people around us to push back,” Saka said. “To say no. To call bullshit.”

Since taking ownership of Twitter, Elon Musk has been “right on his own” and “winging it,” Chris Sacca, an early investor in the company, said.

The venture capitalist posted a series of tweets on Monday where he analyzed Musk’s leadership style. Since taking ownership of Twitter on October 27, Musk has fired several of the company’s top execs and outlined plans to lay off half of its employees.

He also announced major changes to some of the platform’s features, including charging users for verification and the possibility of introducing levels of content moderation.

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“The guy is alone,” Saka Tweeted. “He has plenty of ‘friends’ and is the life of parties and dinners. But the hard truth is that he’s straight-up alone right now and winging it.”

Musk made his decisions about Twitter in what was dubbed his “war room,” surrounded by advisers including his personal attorney Alex Spiro, tech investor Jason Calacanis, and venture capitalist David Sacks.

“One of the biggest risks of wealth/power is no longer having anyone around you who can push back, give honest feedback, suggest alternatives, or just let you know you’re wrong,” Saka tweeted.

Speaking about Musk, Saka said: “I have recently seen those around him become increasingly sycophantic and opportunistic. Simply, agreeing with him is easier, and there is more financial and social upside.”

“We all need people around us to push back,” he continued. “To say no. To call bullshit.”

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Saka said that while he doesn’t like Mark Zuckerberg’s former motto, “Move fast and break things,” at least the Meta CEO “keeps some smart people around and sometimes listens.”

“However, ‘move fast and alone’ and everything is guaranteed to break,” Sacca tweeted.

“Twitter is not going to get better for users, the advertisers are not coming back to scale, and its huge investment just won’t pay off if there is genuine dialogue that leads to thoughtful progress and stability,” he added.

Sacca said Twitter will only succeed if Musk adds some “desperately needed nuance.” Unlike Musk’s other companies — SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and The Boring Company — “many of Twitter’s core issues can’t be reduced to black and white. They’re gray AF.”

Sacca also criticized the mass layoffs announced by Musk.

“Every day it looks more like an uphill battle,” he said. “So much product and policy talent is pushed out the company door, and, my God, you just can’t fire that many people.” [engineers]OPS and SRES [site reliability engineers] And expect the site to remain healthy.”

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But Saka also complimented Musk, saying that he has known him “for a long time” and has “a rare kind of genius that I have only seen in the greatest minds.”

“I can’t sit by and watch a guy that I’ve looked up to for over a decade take this opportunity, embrace more madness and probably hurt a bunch of people in the process,” Saka said.

Sacca, who was once one of Twitter’s biggest shareholders, has been an outspoken critic of the company over the years. On Monday, he joked that he was worried he would be kicked off the platform for presenting the thread about Musk.


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