Elon Musk ropes in Indian American techie Sriram Krishnan for Twitter revamp



Amidst all the layoffs and changes at Twitter, Elon Musk seems to have turned to an Indian American for help on the social media platform. General partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Sriram Krishnan has tweeted that he is helping the billionaire entrepreneur revamp Twitter.

Krishnan tweeted on October 31: “Now that the word is out: I’m helping out @elonmusk with Twitter temporarily with some other great people. I (and a16z) believe this is a hugely important company and can have a great impact on the world and Elon is the person to make it happen.”

Prior to joining a16z, Sriram held numerous senior product roles and one of them was heading core consumer teams at Twitter where he was responsible for products including the home timeline, new user experience, search, discovery, and audience growth. At Andreessen Horowitz, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Krishan invests in early-stage consumer startups. Sriram also serves on the boards of Bitski, Hopin, and Polywork.

Prior to this, Sriram created and oversaw various mobile ad products for both Snap and Facebook, including Snap’s Direct Response ads business and the Facebook Audience Network, one of the largest networks in display advertising.

Krishnan started his career at Microsoft where he touched numerous projects related to Windows Azure. He is the author of “Programming Windows Azure” published by O’Reilly. Sriram writes at @sriramk on Twitter and at sriramk.com and along with his wife, he also co-hosts The Good Time Show on Clubhouse, a nightly show through which they interview innovators around tech and culture.

His LinkedIn profile says that between 2001 and 2005 he did his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Information Technology from SRM Engineering College, Anna University in Tamil Nadu. Krishnan who hails from Chennai moved to the US after completing his B.Tech.

Musk roped him in for Twitter’s revamp after the billionaire entrepreneur completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Soon after that chief executive of Twitter Parag Agrawal, legal executive Vijaya Gadde, Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal, and General Counsel Sean Edgett resigned. Media reports have pointed toward more layoffs in the social media giant.

Media reports also suggest that Twitter may soon start charging $20 for verification — the blue check mark next to the user’s name that authenticates accounts. On October 31 Musk tweeted: “whole verification process is being revamped right now.”


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