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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Says He's Not Worried About His Job

Costolo is on the hot seat, but that comes with the territory, he says.

Asa Mathat

It was a rough Tuesday for Twitter and CEO Dick Costolo after the company’s earnings report, which was leaked early, revealed lackluster financial results that wiped away 20 percent of the company’s market value.

The poor performance put Costolo back on the hot seat. He has dealt with user growth issues for years since the company went public in late 2013; now, Twitter has revenue issues as well.

But Costolo says he’s not concerned. He told Re/code Wednesday morning that despite questions about Twitter’s leadership — CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla had just finished grilling him on “Squawk Alley” — he’s not at all worried about his job security.

“I don’t worry about that at all,” he said. “The board and I are completely in sync. Believe me, I don’t worry about that at all.”

In fact, Costolo and board member Jack Dorsey grabbed dinner after the earnings call at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, giving the two a chance to check in after what was a wild day.

“We just talked about the day and what happened with the leak, and I told Jack here’s what happened,” Costolo said. “The [Twitter] team gets it, they know what they need to do on [revenue]. The product team knows what they have to do on the product and what we’ve got coming down the pike.”

As for what’s coming next, which will likely be lots of outside criticism and a company once again under the microscope, Costolo says he isn’t fazed.

“I think you have to have thick skin to be the CEO of any company, but this one particularly,” he said. “You have to be resilient and be mentally tough and focus on what you’re going to focus on.”

The rest of us will be focused on that, too.

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