SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter executives made an appearance Friday on Wall Street as they prepared to kick off a road show to pitch the company’s initial public offering to investors.
As is traditional, Chief Executive Dick Costolo and finance chief Mike Gupta made the rounds of some of the banks leading the IPO.
They began the morning by paying a visit to Morgan Stanley, where they were greeted by a ticker that said “WELCOME @TWITTER TO @MORGAN STANLEY.” They also visited JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs Group.
CNBC reporter Julia Boorstin noted Costolo’s wardrobe. Costolo donned a blue blazer and no tie, not the hoodie controversially worn by Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on his Wall Street rounds in 2012, but still a bit casual even for a Friday on Wall Street.
"Twitter CEO Dick Costolo arrives at Morgan Stanley - wearing a blazer - not a hoodie - but no tie? @dickc?" Boorstin tweeted.
Dan Primack, senior editor at Fortune.com, fired back: "Which do I care about less? What @dickc is wearing today at Morgan Stanley, or that Apple execs were wearing untucked shirts. It's a tie."
Costolo, a former improv comedian known for his dry wit and off-the-cuff retorts, kept his sense of humor in the media maelstrom.
He replied: "you know, I try to spend a few extra minutes each morning asking myself which shirt you'll like best, and YOU DONT EVEN CARE!"
Twitter plans to begin its road show Monday. We'll see if Costolo wears a tie.
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