Elon Musk hears criticism and never hesitates to respond to it.
Like a boxer taking the blows of his opponent in the first rounds of a boxing match, the billionaire tends to have phases of observation. He observes his opponents to try to find their weakness before striking the fatal blow.
The whimsical CEO of Tesla (TSLA) - has made a takeover bid of $44 billion, or $54.20 per Twitter (TWTR) - share, to buy the social network which he describes as the "de facto town square" of the internet.
The new financing could come in the form of preferred or common equity. Musk is trying to convince certain major shareholders of Twitter, hedge funds and wealthy individuals to provide preferred equity financing for the acquisition.
The billionaire is also trying to convince some shareholders not to sell their shares as part of the offer but to remain shareholders of the group even when it will be delisted.
Jack Dorsey, the founder and former CEO of Twitter, is among the shareholders Musk reportedly told about his plans.
Musk himself seemed to confirm this information by commenting on a Twitter post that mentioned the Reuters story..
A Fee for Commercial/Government Users
Beyond funding, the other question that many observers are asking is what economic model Musk intends to adopt for Twitter? The tycoon had mentioned the idea of removing advertising from the platform, and in particular for subscribers to Blue, a subscription service offered by Twitter that gives users access to premium features, like the ability to cancel a Tweet. These features are available wherever you use the Twitter account from which you subscribed.
"Everyone who signs up for Twitter Blue (ie pays $3/month) should get an authentication checkmark," Musk suggested on April 9, referring to one of the new products. "Blue already has a modifiable 20 second time to edit tweet feature," he added.that the mogul intends to to take the firm public again with an IPO within the next three years.