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  • Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-origin MIT scholar. He was born in Mumbai and grew up in a village in Tamil Nadu before coming to the US.

Elon Musk recently conducted a poll on Twitter asking users if he should step down as Twitter CEO. About 57.5% of those who participated in the poll voted in favor of Musk stepping down from the position. According to a CNBC report, Musk is now actively looking for a new Twitter CEO.
Now, an Indian-origin MIT scholar Shiva Ayyadurai has applied for the job via a tweet addressed to Elon Musk. In the post, he writes that he has four degrees from MIT and has created seven high-tech software companies. In the tweet, he signed himself as the inventor of email.
Here’s the full text of the Twitter post as shared by Ayyadurai:
Dear Mr. Musk (@elonmusk):
I am interested in the CEO position @Twitter. I have 4 degrees from MIT & have created 7 successful high-tech software companies. Kindly advise of the process to apply.
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, MIT PhD
The Inventor of Email
Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-origin MIT scholar. He was born in Mumbai and grew up in a village in Tamil Nadu before coming to the US. He holds four degrees from MIT. These include an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science; a master’s degree in visual studies from the MIT Media Laboratory on scientific visualization; a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
He also claims to have invented email which is disputed as a widely accepted story of email’s origins involves a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson.
In another tweet, he is seen thanking Musk for his support. He has also shared a clip of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation hosted by CBS News correspondent Mo Rocca, probably to be ‘transparent’ about his qualifications and claims.
He writes: “Thanks for your support on my recent tweet @elonmusk re: the CEO position @Twitter. I believe anyone wanting THIS role must be fully transparent and publicly post their qualifications. My experience began when I invented email at age 14, long before I earned 4 degrees from MIT.”
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