Twitter, Square CEO, Billionaire Jack Dorsey Being Called A Visionary Of Modern-Day Tech Entrepreneurs

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He is one of the most talented men in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.  Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey has co-founded two publicly traded companies: Twitter and Square and has run them successfully, since  June 2015.   At Twitter, he taught the world how to communicate in 140 characters or less.  At Square, he is changing the way we pay for things utilizing mobile payments.

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Yet for such a high-tech entrepreneur, Dorsey is a man of some very lo-fi passions.  A fan of CB radio, maps, and journal-keeping, he counts the Tao Te Ching and The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali among the books that have influenced him most, and says he reads Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea at least once a year.

 

Dorsey is also a devotee of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, in which Gawande, a surgeon, argues that clearly written guides and checklists are required for completing tasks to the best of your ability.  Dorsey is such a big fan, Square employees get a copy on their first day of work.

 

He’s also a big fan of notebooks – sketching and drawing out ideas on paper every day.  His tools of choice here?  Clairefontaine notebooks, Jetstream pens, and number two pencils.

 

Dorsey’s route to tech entrepreneur has been equally unlikely, much like his mentor Steve Jobs,  taking in time working for a dispatch service in New York, studying botanical illustration, training as a massage therapist, and starting to train as a fashion designer, before finally going on to co-create Twitter.

 

He was temporarily shut out of Twitter just as it was taking off by fellow cofounders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, but when the company found out its founder was the only one who could run things, he was hired back by then CEO Dick Costolo in 2011 in a “sincere appreciation for the vision of the founder.” By then, Dorsey’s work to develop Square was already well underway.  In 2015, he reprised the CEO role at

 

Twitter and now splits his time between the two companies, a situation he recognizes as “unusual.

 

Of his two creations, Dorsey says, “I will do whatever it takes to make sure both succeed. It’s like two family members you care for and love deeply.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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