By Ben Parr
In a shocking announcement on the Twitter blog, Williams revealed that he asked Twitter COO Dick Costolo to step in as the company’s CEO. Williams will stay with the company though and “be completely focused on product strategy.”
From his announcement:
“The challenges of growing an organization so quickly are numerous. Growing big is not success, in itself. Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world. This is no small task. I frequently reflect on the type of focus that is required from everyone at Twitter () to get us there.
This led to a realization as we launched the new Twitter. I am most satisfied while pushing product direction. Building things is my passion, and I’ve never been more excited or optimistic about what we have to build.
This is why I have decided to ask our COO, Dick Costolo, to become Twitter’s CEO. Starting today, I’ll be completely focused on product strategy.”
Summary: Evan Williams didn’t enjoy some of the headaches associated with being CEO of a rapidly growing organization. In order to get back to what he loves to do most, product and product direction, he decided to step down and hand the reigns of leadership over to Dick Costolo. Costolo was the co-founder and former CEO of Feedburner, which was subsequently acquired by Google ().