The Indian-based microblogging service Koo plans to hire ex-Twitter staff in the midst of Twitter’s crisis. The co-founder of Koo, Mayank Bidawatka, said on Twitter that Koo will hire a few former Twitter employees because they deserve to work somewhere that values their skills.

Koo co-founder Mayank Bidawatka tweeted “Very sad to see #RIPTwitter and related # to this going down. We will hire some of these Twitter ex-employees as we keep expanding and raise our larger, next round. They deserve to work where their talent is valued. Microblogging is about people’s power. Not suppression.”

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Who is Mayank Bidawatka?

Mayank Bidawatka is an entrepreneur from Bengaluru, India. Bidawatka is known for co-founding Koo. 

Bidawatka holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management.

Along with Koo, he has co-founded Vokal India and GoodBox.

Kaarva, Third Wave Coffee Roasters, TapChief, Vogo Automotive, Third Wave Bus, Loca Rides, and Third Wave Rides are among the companies in which he has investments.

Mayank Bidawatka and Aprameya Radhakrishna founded Koo, an Indian microblogging and social networking service, which is based in Bengaluru, India. As of 2021, Koo is valued at over $100 million.

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In comparison to Twitter, which had 28 million downloads, Koo has 26 lakh (2.6 million) instals from Indian app stores in 2020.

Between February 6 and February 11, Koo installations grew significantly. Following a week-long stalemate between Twitter and the Government of India over Twitter’s unwillingness to ban accounts that denigrated the nation’s ruling party during the 2020–2021 Indian farmers’ protest, the app saw an uptick in popularity.

Hundreds of activists, journalists, and politicians had their Twitter accounts blocked by the government after they were accused of disseminating false information.

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Koo became the go-to Twitter alternative after Twitter was permanently blocked in Nigeria as a result of President Muhammadu Buhari’s removal of a post.