Elon’s Binary Fate

Is there a 60/40 chance that Elon Musk steps down as Twitter CEO today? Who’s to say? ICYMI: Yesterday, @elonmusk tweeted out a yes/no poll asking, “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll.” By the time you read this, we may have heard from Elon.

If we have not yet heard Elon weigh in on these (absolutely expected) results, here’s my guess. He’s going to be CEO for a few more months until a replacement can be found. Then, if he can’t raise additional funds or figure out a way to make the company profitable, he’ll install someone else to preside over what’s left of Twitter.

While it’s true that Twitter has been significantly more entertaining since Elon took over, it’s not all fun and games. There is a growing list of disgruntled vendors and former employees taking Twitter to court for unpaid obligations, and Elon has – objectively speaking – dramatically diminished whatever B2B goodwill Twitter may once have had.

On a semi-humorous note, Jason Calacanis (@jason) posted a poll asking who should take over as Twitter’s next CEO: himself, Sacks, or Calacanis and Sacks together as co-CEOs. So far, the fourth option (“Other”) was winning by a wide margin.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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