Dick Costolo, U-M alumnus and CEO of the giant social networking and microblog service Twitter, is the featured speaker for Policy Talks @ the Ford School at 1 p.m. Friday in Rackham Auditorium.Costolo, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1985, will discuss how he went from the trenches of computer science at the university to leading a world changing company. He’ll talk of how Twitter approaches communication and free expression in the modern world. Costolo also will look back at the evolution of communications through history, and outline his company’s role in the future of global communication and democratized information. >
The technology entrepreneur joined Twitter as chief operations officer in September 2009 at the invitation of then-CEO Evan Williams, who was seeking a replacement while on paternity leave. A year later, Costolo was Twitter’s new chief executive, after Williams stepped down to pursue other projects. Since then, the company has amassed more than 140 million users worldwide, nearly tripled its employees and relocated to San Francisco.
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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Policy Talks @ the Ford School, 1 p.m. Friday, Rackham Auditorium.