PayPal’s new director of strategy Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal is interviewing. The company publicly confirmed that the relatively new hire is “no longer with the company” after sending a series of bizarre and insulting tweets last night.
Agrawal joined PayPal in March, after working for many years as a consultant to payments and commerce companies. Hired as their director of strategy, he said at the time that he would be tasked with “help[ing] small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments.”
(The hire was made despite previous disparaging comments from Agrawal about the company’s point-of-sale system, which he presumably had to educate small businesses about.)
The honeymoon was short. After having the “best night of his life” at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, Agrawal sent a binge of offensive and mostly incomprehensible tweets.
Those tweets, some of which insulted PayPal VP of global communications Christina Smedley, were deleted… But not before the Internet got hold of them. (This morning, Agrawal blamed some of the tweets on the different Twitter interface for his Galaxy S5.)
Rakesh Agrawal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance.—
(@PayPal) May 03, 2014
PayPal confirmed that Agrawal has left the company in a tweet of its own, but declined to say whether he left voluntarily or was fired.
For what it’s worth, he seems to have offered his services to Foursquare, promising that he could make it a “$50 billion company”… No word on whether or not they’re interested in retaining his services.