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Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal tries to set record straight on why he left PayPal

Above: Rocky Agrawal, PayPal employee.

Image Credit: Rocky Agrawal

Lots of media outlets have made a fuss about Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal’s departure from PayPal, and now he wants to be super-clear: No, he wasn’t fired, and no, he wasn’t told to quit or else get fired.

In a post on LinkedIn today, Agrawal points to certain official PayPal tweets that gave people the wrong idea about why he left.

“For starters, I quit PayPal on my own accord,” he wrote. “PayPal put out a highly misleading tweet that was designed to make people think I was fired. That was not the case. My final paperwork from PayPal reflects the truth — I quit.”

For those just tuning into this game now, Agrawal’s own tweets brought a lot of attention to him. He criticized certain PayPal employees and made many typographical errors. By then, he has said, he had left PayPal.

In today’s post Agrawal enumerates the actual reasons for leaving. He didn’t feel comfortable giving the PayPal view when he didn’t always agree with it. He felt the company couldn’t very well get rid of poor employees or keep the great ones around. And now he can be as opinionated as he wants, as head of his consulting firm, reDesign Mobile.

Agrawal previously contributed to VentureBeat as a guest author.

More about the companies and people from this article:

PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promot... read more »

Rakesh Agrawal is a consultant focused on the intersection of local, social, mobile and payments. He is a principal analyst at reDesign mobile. Previously, he launched local, mobile and search products for Microsoft, Aol and washington... read more »

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11 comments
Quentin Lawder
Quentin Lawder

Really isn't this bitter troll's (he looks like an oompa loompa) 15 minutes up? Shut up! No one cares.

Eric Miltsch
Eric Miltsch

Doesn't matter what the reason was, this guy is a social disaster with zero tact.

Filipa Padre
Filipa Padre

what an idiot. The 'phone malfunction' is the digital 'the dog ate my homework'