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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo: 'I Don't Have Any Idea What I'm Going to Do Next'

It won't be stand-up comedy. Why get heckled in a club in Des Moines when you can get heckled for free in San Francisco?


Dick Costolo, who steps down as CEO of Twitter next month, isn’t sure what he’ll do after leaving the company, but one thing’s for sure — it won’t include stand-up comedy.

“I don’t think it would be a smart move,” Costolo joked onstage at the Bloomberg Technology Conference in San Francisco. “I get heckled for free now, why would I travel to Des Moines and go through the laugh track and get heckled?”

Costolo, who used to ply his trade as an amateur stand-up comedian, said Tuesday he doesn’t have a game plan for the summer beyond a little R&R. “I always advise people going through these transitions to take some time off, so I’m going to try and do as I say,” he said. “I don’t have any idea what I’m going to do next.”

The embattled chief executive had been under pressure form Twitter’s board and Wall Street, which led to his resignation last Thursday. In an interview with Re/code shortly after the announcement, Costolo said his decision to leave the company has been in the works for months.

Costolo will still stay on Twitter’s board “indefinitely,” he added, and said he hopes to impart a little wisdom to whoever Twitter hires as his permanent replacement. Founder Jack Dorsey will act as interim CEO.

There has been plenty of speculation over the past week both inside and outside the company that Dorsey may simply shed the “interim” title in six months and take the helm for good. Costolo didn’t dispel that possibility, but he did say that Twitter’s CEO search is the real deal. The company isn’t just going through the motions until Dorsey takes over.

“The board is legitimately doing a search,” he explained. Costolo wouldn’t discuss whether individual Twitter execs were in the running for the position. He did speak highly of Twitter’s sales and revenue boss Adam Bain, who is considered a candidate for the role, calling him tireless and relentless. “I can’t speak highly enough about that guy,” he added.

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