Under fire for lack of female execs, Twitter CEO sounds off

Twitter chief Dick Costolo discovered it would take more than one snarky tweet to explain his side of the issue.

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From the NYT:

The board? All white men. The investors? All men. The executive officers? All men but for the general counsel, Vijaya Gadde, who has had the job for five weeks.

The story goes on to suggest that Twitter and other Silicon Valley tech companies are “unwelcoming to women.” It also includes comments from Vivek Wadhwa of Stanford’s corporate governance program, who’s quoted as saying: “It’s the same male chauvinistic thinking. The fact that they went to the IPO without a single woman on the board, how dare they?”

Experts point to a lack of female candidates in the industry as the reason why there are so few female execs at top tech firms.

Twitter initially declined to comment on the NYT story, but Twitter CEO Dick Costolo went on the offensive last week, including this gem:

@rich1 Vivek Wadhwa is the Carrot Top of academic sources.

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