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Journey from JEE AIR 77 to Twitter CEO

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Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO has resigned and will now be replaced by the company’s CTO Parag Agarwal. He himself has given this information by tweeting on Monday.

After the news of the appointment of Indian-American technology executive Parag Agarwal as the CEO of Twitter, it is imperative to ask Who is Parag Agarwal? Let’s know about him.


He was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Parag’s father was a senior official in the Indian Department of Atomic Energy  and mother is a retired school teacher. He has done his schooling from Atomic Energy Central School No.4. and has won a gold medal at the 2001 International Physics Olympiad held in Turkey.

He received 77th rank in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) in 2000 and received an undergraduate degree in Computer Science (CS) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in 2005. Agrawal then moved to the United States to pursue his PhD in computer science from Stanford University.


In October 2011 Agrawal joined the Twitter as a distinguished software engineer after completing his PhD in CS from Stanford University. While studying at Stanford University he worked as a research intern for Microsoft, Yahoo! and AT&T Labs.

In October 2017, Twitter announced Agrawal as chief technology officer (CTO) following the departure of then CTO, Adam Massinger. As CTO, he has been in charge for the company’s technical strategy while overseeing machine learning and AI.

Parag is considered one of the top engineers within the company. He was once part of the company’s TAG group, which was responsible to oversee all the new products and technologies. In 2019, Jack Dorsey announced a new decentralized social media project called Bluesky and brought in Parag to look after it.

In December 2019, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that Agrawal would be in charge of Project Bluesky, “an independent team of open source architects, engineers and designers to develop an open and decentralized standard for social media which would help better manage the abusive and misleading information on its platform”

On 29 November 2021, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced that he was resigning from Twitter and that Parag Agrawal would be the new CEO of the company.




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