The Wall Street Journal: Jack Dorsey tried to smooth relationship between Elon Musk, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, texts show

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Twitter Inc. co-founder Jack Dorsey tried to facilitate Elon Musk’s relationship with Twitter’s chief executive officer a day after the social-media platform accepted the billionaire’s $44 billion takeover bid, according to text messages made public Thursday.

The messages, disclosed as part of a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court over Musk’s stalled deal to take the social-media company private, show Dorsey praising CEO Parag Agrawal ahead of a proposed meeting at the end of April.

“I want to make sure Parag is doing everything possible to build towards your goals until close” Dorsey wrote in a message to Musk dated April 26. “He is really great at getting things done when tasked with specific direction.”

The text messages also show that Dorsey tried to get Musk on the Twitter TWTR, -1.18% board before the Tesla Inc. TSLA, -6.81% CEO’s acquiring a significant stake in the company earlier this year. In a text exchange from the end of March, Dorsey wrote to Musk: “I tried my hardest to get you on our board, and board said no. That’s about the time I decided I needed to work to leave, as hard as it was for me.”

Dorsey stepped down as Twitter’s CEO at the end of November and left the board in May.

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Dorsey had been part of a shadow crew that was encouraging Musk’s takeover of the company behind the scenes. The texts disclosed Thursday provide more details of Musk and Dorsey’s thinking about the future of the platform and Musk’s possible takeover.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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