Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he will reconsider working remotely from Africa in 2020 due to the coronavirus and “everything else going on”.
The CEO made the comments on Thursday at a Morgan Stanley conference after being asked if he would change how he spends his time travelling given “what’s going on in the world”.
Dorsey wrote on Twitter late last year that he wanted to spend up to six months on the African continent in 2020. At the conference, the CEO conceded he made a mistake tweeting that without proper context. “I did not tweet the ‘why’ behind it,” Dorsey said.
Africa will be one of the most populated continents in the next few decades and Dorsey said he wants to understand African Internet users as more of them come online for the first time. He also said he believes in the benefits of remote work. “My intention is not to just go hang out, or take a sabbatical,” he said.
What was not addressed during the conversation in San Francisco was Dorsey’s current job situation. The CEO spoke for 40 minutes, his first comments since Bloomberg reported that activist investment firm Elliott Management has taken a sizeable stake in the company and wants to oust him.
Dorsey was not asked about Elliott at the conference or if he is concerned about his job.