Richard William Costolo
September 10, 1963
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (B.S.)|
|Occupation||CEO of Twitter until July 1, 2015|
Richard William Costolo (pronounced: //) (born September 10, 1963) was the CEO of Twitter from 2010 to 2015; he also served as the COO before becoming CEO. He took over as CEO from Evan Williams in October 2010. On June 11, 2015, it was announced that Costolo would step down as CEO on July 1, 2015 and would be replaced by Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey on an interim basis until the Board of Directors could find a replacement. On August 8, 2015, The New York Times reported that Costolo would be leaving Twitter's Board of Directors by the end of the year or when a new CEO is appointed.
Costolo graduated in 1985 with a B.S. degree in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan. Costolo became involved in theater during his senior year at the University of Michigan, when he began taking theater classes to fulfill the university's graduation requirements. Upon graduation, he decided not to accept offers from technology companies and instead moved to Chicago to work in improvisational comedy.
After his improv career in Chicago, Costolo was at Andersen Consulting for 8 years, where he was a senior manager in product and technology groups. He then co-founded Burning Door Networked Media, a web design and development consulting company, which was acquired by Digital Knowledge Assets in October 1996. He then co-founded SpyOnIt, a web page monitoring service, which was sold to 724 Solutions in September 2000.
In 2004, Costolo, along with Eric Lunt, Steve Olechowski, and Matt Shobe, founded the web feed management provider FeedBurner. After Google bought FeedBurner in 2007, Dick Costolo became an employee of the search giant. After the acquisition, Costolo began working in other areas of Google. In July 2009, he left Google, and in September 2009 it was announced that he was joining Twitter as its COO. Although his 2010 takeover as CEO was supposed to be temporary, while CEO Evan Williams was on paternity leave, it eventually became a permanent position. In 2011, he would notably proclaim about Twitter that “We're the free speech wing of the free speech party.”
In May 2011, it was announced that President Obama had appointed Costolo to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, along with the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Group, Scott Charney, and McAfee President of Security David DeWalt.
In January 2012, he was embroiled in the SOPA controversy after commenting on Wikipedia's planned blackout. He stated, "That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish." 
In 2013, Business Insider referred to him as "one of Silicon Valley's most impressive CEOs", and TIME Magazine named him one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. Costolo gave the 2013 spring commencement address to the University of Michigan graduating class on May 4, 2013.
In 2015, an internal Twitter memo by Costolo was leaked in which he said he was "frankly ashamed" at how poorly Twitter handled trolling and abuse, saying, "We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we've sucked at it for years", and admitted Twitter had lost users as a result.
In January 2016, Costolo announced that he will launch a fitness startup along with Bryan Oki, CEO of Fitify. The two co-founders are "building a software platform that reimagines the path to personal fitness."
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- URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqRPesTumlA
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- "4 Of Silicon Valley's Most Impressive CEOs Just Ate Dinner Together".
- "Time Tech 40: The Most Influential Minds In Tech". Time. 2013-05-01.
- UM News Service (4 May 2013). "Dick Costolo at 2013 spring commencement" – via YouTube.
- Tiku, Nitasha. "Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'". The Verge. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "Next Starring Role for Dick Costolo: Telling 'Silicon Valley' About Silicon Valley". Re-code.
- "Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Joined the Board of Artsy Startup Patreon". Re/code. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
- "Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is launching a fitness startup". The Verge.
- "Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is launching a new fitness software startup". Business Insider.
- "Twitter Ex-CEO Dick Costolo Talks Joining Index Ventures As It Announces $1.25 Billion In New Funds". Forbes.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dick Costolo.|
- Dick Costolo on Twitter
- Costolo on about.me
- Costolo CrunchBase Profile
- Costolo BusinessWeek Profile
- Paul Kedrosky (2010-05-16). "Conversation with Dick Costolo, COO, Twitter". Infectious Talk. Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-02-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Costolo's blog (Feb. 2007 - Jan. 2008), on strategies and tactics for starting and building an entrepreneurial endeavor
- What Is Dick Costolo's Management Style at Twitter? Interview with Emily Chang
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