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Defiant Twitter CEO fires back at `all-boys tech club` remark

ANI | Last Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 16:10

Washington: Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reportedly got in a `tweet-brawl` when Indian-American technology entrepreneur and academic at Stanford`s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Vivek Wadhwa criticized Twitter for being an `all-boys club` with lack of women in its top ranks.

Wadhwa noted that Twitter`s board and C-suite were all white and all male with the exception of General Counsel Vijaya Gadde, who joined the company only recently.

According to a news website, Costolo fired several tweets, calling Wadhwa as the `Carrot Top of academic sources` and that he had a propensity for silly hyperbole.

When another entrepreneur and technologist Anil Dash came to Wadhwa`s defence and criticized Costolo`s remarks over industry sexism, the CEO elaborated that fixing gender bias in the boardroom entails `more than checking a box and saying `we did it!`.

Wadhwa`s further tweeted that Twitter, being most visible companies in tech, should take the lead and fix the imbalance, and called it the Silicon Valley mafia further questioning the company`s plan to go public with its IPO without a single woman on the board.

The report said that Facebook was also famously criticized for its `frat house` culture and its COO Sheryl Sandberg further fueled the debate with her bestseller ` Lean In`, which urged women to `lean into` their careers rather than pull back when confronted with the demands of family and motherhood.

First Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 16:10

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