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Jack Dorsey wants to fix Twitter, and these two execs are trying to make it happen

Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour will speak at Code Conference 2019.

Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter’s head of product, will speak at the Code Conference on Monday, June 10, alongside Vijaya Gadde, who oversees the company’s legal, policy, and trust & safety groups.
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Jack Dorsey says he wants to make Twitter a better place.

Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour, who are speaking at Code Conference on Monday, are the Twitter executives who are supposed to make that happen.

Gadde is Twitter’s top lawyer, and she also oversees the service’s policy arm, and its health and safety efforts. Beykpour runs Twitter’s product group, a seemingly cursed position — just ask his many predecessors — that he has held for close to a year.

So while Dorsey ventures out on a long-running listening and speaking tour to hear what people have to say about the service he co-founded and to explain how he’d like to improve it, Gadde and Beykpour are the ones who have to put those ideas into action.

That doesn’t necessarily happen quickly, as our recent story about Twitter’s stop-and-start efforts to measure and encourage “healthy conversation” underscores. But if you want to hear about how Twitter is really tackling its myriad challenges, these are the two people you want to hear from.

And, conveniently, we are going to hear from them on Monday, June 10, at 5:25 pm PT, when they’ll speak with me and Kara Swisher at the Code Conference. You can follow this site for coverage, and you’ll eventually be able to watch a video of our conversation and listen to it in podcast form.

Gadde, who is one of two women in Twitter’s top executive suite, has been at the company since 2011; prior to that she spent a decade at Wilson Sonsini, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent law firms. Beykpour came to Twitter in 2015 when it bought Periscope, the live-streaming video startup he co-founded, before it had even launched; he eventually ran all of Twitter’s live video efforts — and than all of its video, period — before taking the top product job.

How to watch the full interview: Each and every onstage interview at Code will be available to watch in full on Recode’s YouTube channel in the coming days.

You can also get live updates and breaking news from the stage. Follow Recode on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat. We’ll be live-tweeting our onstage interview with Vijaya Gadde and Kayvon Beykpour using #CodeCon. We’ll also feature some exclusive behind-the-scenes highlights from the conference on Instagram.


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