Evan Williams, who jointly with Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey founded Twitter in 2006, leaves the board after 12 years. Founder and CEO, in a tweet thanked his fellow adventurers.
He will leave the board of directors by the end of this month, is when he reads in documents filed with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), the surveillance body of Wall Street.
William’s goodbye, at a time when Twitter is active to try and steer the platform, also news of the recent launch of the public test to try out the new one function that will soon be put into use for everyone on the 280-character platform.
The figure of Evan Williams was important in the first phase of the company, he was the first CEO of Twitter and it was he who gave shape to the company that was able to face the challenges of the time.
The news of farewell obviously developed on Twitter, with a first tweet from Williams in which he writes of being lucky to be part in the board of the company for 12 years, and in another he thanks his two friends of adventure:
“I’m very lucky to have served on the @Twitter board for 12 years (ever since there was a board). It’s been overwhelmingly interesting, educational—and, at times, challenging.”
He added: “Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me—and continuing to make it better and better. And to my fellow board members, new and old—some of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever known.”
The period in which Twitter was led by Evan Williams was the one in which on the platform in 2008, there were only 6 million users who then became triple the following year, 18 million, and then reach 54 million in 2010, then he left the guide to Dick Costolo.
Those were the years when Twitter was building its backbone; it grew with fulfilling rhythms, even if it was characterized, even then, by the fact of not being able to retain enough users. In 2010, Twitter managed to maintain only 40% of users on the platform, Facebook, at that time, already managed to retain 70%.