Former PayPal executive Rakesh Agrawal singled out VP of global communications Christina Smedley in a Twitter tirade that marked his abrupt departure from the company.
In a series of expletive-filled tweets that have since been deleted, Agrawal called Smedley a "useless middle manager." Agrawal, who joined PayPal in March as director of global strategy, went on his rant Friday night from Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Things got a little messy.
The next day, PayPal tweeted that Agrawal was no longer an employee of the company.
Rakesh Agrawal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance.— PayPal (@PayPal) May 3, 2014
Agrawal responded that he had already given his two weeks notice. He blamed his blunder on a new phone and sleep deprivation.
Last night I was using a new phone that I bought because I wanted to test experiences on android. Those messages were meant for a colleague— Rakesh Agrawal (@rakeshlobster) May 3, 2014
Note to self: don't test a new phone when sleep deprived after working your ass off for 20 hours a day while on vacation.— Rakesh Agrawal (@rakeshlobster) May 3, 2014
Agrawal apologized to PayPal VP Stan Chudnovsky and president David Marcus, calling them "two smartest guys I know." He also took his moment in the spotlight to share a bit of PR advice with PayPal:
Pr tip: before posting misleading tweets check what kind of documentation exists.— Rakesh Agrawal (@rakeshlobster) May 4, 2014
In his resignation email, Agrawal said he is starting a new venture that will "change the world."
Since his outburst he’s been trying to raise funds and awareness of his new project using – what else? – Twitter.
Accredited investors only. $5,000 to $25,000. Open to people who received the email plus anyone else I want to add. Tie breaker:— Rakesh Agrawal (@rakeshlobster) May 4, 2014