Episode 521: Some Dumb Mistake

Daniel and Manton react to Elon Musk’s attempt to back out of acquiring Twitter. They talk about whether Twitter should even try to force him to follow through, or whether that is ultimately worse for the company. Is Twitter still a diamond in the rough, and could a leader with vision and enthusiasm make the company more valuable than Musk’s offer?

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:


  • Musk Backs Out – Bloomberg article about Elon Musk’s announcement that he wants out of the deal.
  • This Whole Ugly Episode – Hot take on Twitter acquisition fiasco from ex-CEO Ev Williams.
  • Trash the Company – Article about Twitter’s lawsuit against, and condemnation of Musk.
  • Stratechery – Ben Thompson’s newsletter, which included a thoughtful piece about Musk backing out.
  • Twitter CEO Needs to Go – Om Malik’s article in April arguing that Parag Agarwal is the wrong choice for CEO.
  • New Decade, New Ideas – Ev Williams announces his resignation as CEO of Medium.

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July 15, 2022 at 8:51 pm.