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

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

Since taking ownership of Twitter, Elon Musk has been “on his own” and “handled it,” said Chris Sacca, one of the company’s early investors.

The venture capitalist posted a series of tweets on Monday in which he analyzed Musk’s leadership style. Since taking over Twitter on October 27, Musk has fired some of the company’s top executives and announced plans to lay off half of its employees.

He also announced big changes to some platform features, including charging users for verification and the ability to introduce levels of content moderation.

“This guy is alone”, Sacca tweeted. “He has a lot of ‘buddies’ and it’s party and dinner life. But the hard truth is he’s on his own right now and he’s dealing with it.”

Musk made his Twitter decisions in what has been 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 to wealth/power is having no one around you who can push back, give candid feedback, suggest alternatives, or just let you know you’re wrong,” Sacca tweeted.

Speaking of Musk, Sacca said: “Lately I’ve seen those around him become more and more sycophantic and opportunistic. Simply put, going along with him is easier and there are more financial and social benefits. “

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

Sacca said while he didn’t like Mark Zuckerberg’s old motto “move fast and break things,” at least the CEO of Meta “keeps smart people around and listens sometimes.”

“But, ‘Move fast and alone’, and it’s all guaranteed to break,” Sacca tweeted.

“Twitter isn’t going to improve for users, advertisers aren’t coming back on a massive scale, and its huge investment just isn’t going to pay off unless there’s real dialogue leading to progress and to thoughtful stability,” he added.

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

Sacca also criticized the massive layoffs announced by Musk.

“Every day it feels more like an uphill battle,” he said. “So much product and policy talent has been pushed out of the company, and, my god, you just can’t fire that many engineers. [engineers]operations and SRE [site reliability engineers] and expect the site to remain healthy.”

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

“I can’t sit back and watch a guy I’ve admired for over a decade grope for this opportunity, stir up more craziness and probably hurt a bunch of people in the process,” Sacca said.

Sacca, who was once one of Twitter’s biggest shareholders, has been a vocal critic of the company over the years. He joked on Monday that he feared he would be kicked off the platform for posting the Musk thread.

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