12 May 2014

East Africa: Paypal Sacks Rakesh 'Rocky' Agrawal After Twitter Outburst

PayPal has fired its director of strategy Rakesh "Rocky" Agrawal after he apparently got a little bit messy with his tweets recently.

According to VentureBeat, Agrawal decided to leave the company prior to taking a vacation to New Orleans for Jazz Fest. But before the Jazz Fest, he took to Twitter to voice some of his frustrations, in the process insulting some of his coworkers.

The tweets have since been deleted, but not before Business Insider and Valleywag publicized the outburst. Agrawal said he never intended for the messages to be made public, noting that he was using a new Android phone that he wasn't familiar with.

Among the targets of Agrawal's Twitter outburts were PayPal's head of communications Christina Smedley and the firm's retail chief Don Kingsborough.

Although Agrawal had given notice, PayPal announced that the insults were grounds for Agrawal's immediate termination.

"I had submitted my resignation with two weeks notice. Clearly they chose not to use that. No one from PayPal contacted me before the tweet," Agrawal said in an email to VentureBeat. "The last communication I had was that Stan [Chudnovsky, PayPal's VP of growth, strategy, and special ops] was trying to set up a meeting for Monday night to discuss. Clearly someone had other ideas."

While Agrawal declined to apologize for his earlier comments, he did say he was looking forward to his next business venture, a startup called reDesign Mobile.

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