Elon Musk calls on remaining Twitter coders and engineers to meet him
- Twitter employees resigned en masse Thursday in response to an earlier ultimatum from Musk.
- The ranks of the company were hollowed out, senior managers and some entire departments disappeared.
- Musk is now calling on “anyone who actually writes software” at the company to meet with him on Friday.
Elon Musk is seeking help from any remaining employees on Twitter who might be able to do technical work and has even asked employees to travel to San Francisco to meet with him.
In a series of emails sent around midnight Friday PT, Musk asked to meet “anyone who actually writes software” Friday afternoon. He asked people to line up on the 10th floor of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters at 2:00 p.m. PT after emailing him a “bulleted summary” of their code for the past six months, along with “up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code.”
The email came after a mass resignation on Thursday saw hundreds of Twitter employees resign in response to an ultimatum Musk offered earlier in the week. He told workers to click a link to agree to work for his “extremely hardcore” version of “Twitter 2.0” or quit. More than half of the company remaining since a massive layoff earlier this month, more than 2,000 employees, chose the latter resignation option.
In a follow-up email sent overnight, Musk asked anyone planning to work from home to email him the same code information and screenshots. “I’ll try to talk to you on video,” he said. Yet he demanded that anyone who could enter the office meet him.
In a third email sent overnight, Musk said he would “appreciate” if employees could “travel to SF to attend in person.” Flight costs can be expensed, according to a Twitter employee.
Below are full copies of Musk’s emails to Twitter staff:
Anyone who actually writes software, please report to the 10th floor at 2 p.m. today.
Before doing so, please email a bulleted summary of what your code commands have achieved over the past ~6 months, along with up to 10 screenshots of the most salient lines of code.
If you are working remotely, please email the request below and I will try to talk to you via video. Only those who cannot physically make it to Twitter headquarters or who have a family emergency are excused.
These will be short technical talks that will give me a better understanding of Twitter’s tech stack.
If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person. I’ll be at Twitter headquarters until midnight, then back tomorrow morning.