Dick Costolo is taking his talents to Silicon Valley.
In this case, however, Twitter’s former CEO isn’t taking on another tech company — instead, he’s landed himself a writing gig on the hit HBO show that mimics the actual tech hub by telling a comical tale of one startup’s rise to fame. Costolo — who left Twitter in July, and more recently left the board — is working a few days a week with the writer’s of the show.
Costolo joined the project last month to help write the show’s third season, which doesn’t have a set release date yet. And while it’s not known yet if he will have an appearances on the show, it could give the show a new spin as he writes his way into the sitcom that chronicles a fictional Internet company called Hooli — which is most similar to Google.
Before joining Twitter, Costolo learned a thing or two about the startup world as he founded three startups himself. This perspective could give the show an edge as the ex-Twitter leader puts his own comical spin on the show.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge shared why Costolo is the right fit for the gig. “He’s a funny guy. We’re writing stories, coming up with ideas, and say ‘Hey Dick, would this ever happen?’” Judge remarked.
Although Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had already announced internally at the end of last year that he would soon leave his post, Costolo’s resignation in June was anything but expected. Twitter was overflowing with #ThankYouDickC tributes by colleagues still in shock. Two years of stalled user growth and a storm of controversy about trolls got the best of him in the end.
Costolo left July 1 without any severance, and just last week it was confirmed that co-founder Jack Dorsey will take over on as CEO, following his few month stint as interim.