Parag Agrawal

Parag Agrawal (born 21 May 1984)[1] is an Indian-born American technology executive, and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Twitter since November 2021.[2] Agrawal joined Twitter as a software engineer in 2011 and became the chief technology officer in 2017. On 29 November 2021, Jack Dorsey announced that he was resigning as CEO of Twitter and that Agrawal was replacing him, with immediate effect.[3]

Parag Agrawal
Parag Agrawal in 2005.jpg
Agrawal in 2005
Born (1984-05-21) 21 May 1984 (age 37)
NationalityAmerican
EducationIndian Institute of Technology, Bombay (B.Tech)
Stanford University (MS, PhD)
TitleCEO of Twitter
PredecessorJack Dorsey

Early life and education

Agrawal was born in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India.[4][5] Later he moved to Mumbai.[citation needed] His father was a senior official in the Indian Department of Atomic Energy and his mother is a retired Economics professor from VJTI, Mumbai.[6][7]

He attended Atomic Energy Central School and Junior College No.4.

Agrawal obtained his B.Tech. degree in computer science and engineering from IIT Bombay in 2005.[8] He then moved to the United States to pursue a PhD in computer science from Stanford University under the guidance of Jennifer Widom.[9][10]

Career

Agrawal held research internships at Microsoft Research and Yahoo! Research prior to joining Twitter as a software engineer in 2011.[11][12] In October 2017, Twitter announced the appointment of Agrawal as chief technology officer following the departure of Adam Massinger.[13] In December 2019, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Agrawal would be in charge of Project Bluesky, an initiative to develop a decentralized social network protocol.[14][15]

Views and policies on online speech

In an interview with MIT Technology Review in November 2020, when asked about free speech Agrawal said: "Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation ... [and to] focus less on thinking about free speech, but thinking about how the times have changed."[16]

On 29 November 2021, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he was resigning from Twitter and that Agrawal would be the new CEO of the company.[17] Following the announcement, Agrawal faced criticism from conservatives for a 2010 tweet of his which was a quotation, "If they are not gonna make a distinction between Muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists."[18] At the time, Agrawal said this was a quote from The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi.[19]

A day after Agrawal's appointment as CEO, Twitter issued a new content policy stating, "Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent."[20]

Personal life

Agrawal is married to Vineeta Agrawal.[21][22] She is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm.[23][24] They have one son, born in 2018.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Parag Agrawal: Ajmer Celebrates a Son 'More Powerful than PMs, Presidents'". The Times of India. 30 November 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ "India-born Parag Agrawal replaces Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO". The Economic Times. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ Molina, Brett. "Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal named as successor, sends stock surging". USA TODAY. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  4. ^ "अजमेर के रहने वाले हैं ट्विटर के नए CEO:किराए पर रहता था परिवार, 4 दिसंबर को घर आएंगे पराग के मम्मी-पापा". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 30 November 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  5. ^ Isaac, Mike; Conger, Kate; Metz, Cade (29 November 2021). "Who Is Parag Agrawal, Twitter's New C.E.O.?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  6. ^ "THIS is why Twitter's new CEO Parag Agrawal kept his son's name Ansh". www.msn.com. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Parag Agrawal: The Story Behind This Tech Whiz No One's Ever Heard of Before". 17 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Parag Agrawal Becomes New CEO at Twitter as Jack Dorsey Steps Down". SA News Channel. 30 November 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  9. ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand (30 November 2021). "IIT-Bombay alumnus Parag Agrawal is Twitter CEO after Dorsey exit". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Chhapia, Hemali; Doval, Pankaj (30 November 2021). "When Parag Agrawal regretted wasting time tying IIT-JEE supplements". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Novet, Jordan (9 March 2018). "Twitter taps distinguished engineer Parag Agrawal as new CTO". CNBC. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Parag Agrawal | Biography, Twitter, & Facts". Aspire Square. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Things To Know About New Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal, From IIT Bombay". News18. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  14. ^ Link, Indian (12 December 2019). "Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal to hire for ambitious project Bluesky". Indian Link. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  15. ^ Henshaw, Jon (12 December 2019). "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces Bluesky, an initiative to create a decentralized social media standard". Marketing & Technology News. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  16. ^ "EmTech Stage: Twitter's CTO on misinformation". technologyreview.com. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  17. ^ Feiner, Lauren; Bursztynsky, Jessica (29 November 2021). "Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will replace Jack Dorsey as CEO". CNBC. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  18. ^ Agrawal, Parag [@paraga] (26 October 2010). ""If they are not gonna make a distinction between muslims and extremists, then why should I distinguish between white people and racists."" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 17 December 2021. Retrieved 22 January 2022 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Saul, Derek (29 November 2021). "New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal Already Under Fire From The Right". Forbes. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  20. ^ Twitter Safety [@TwitterSafety] (30 November 2021). "Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people's private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.t.co/7EXvXdwegG" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 21 January 2022. Retrieved 22 January 2022 – via Twitter. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  21. ^ "Parag Agrawal becomes Twitter CEO: Who is Parag Agrawal? Here is a brief profile of this IITian in 5 points". India Today. 29 November 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  22. ^ "Vineeta Agarwala (@vintweeta) / Twitter".
  23. ^ "Vineeta Agarwala, MD PhD (LinkedIn)".
  24. ^ Akhtar, Allana (29 November 2021). "Meet Twitter's new CEO: a 37-year-old machine learning and AI expert". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  25. ^ "Ansh Agrawal (@littleansh) / Twitter".