Jack Dorsey doesn’t have a desk. Instead of a desk, Dorsey uses an iPad. That’s it.
Growing up, Jack Dorsey had a speech impediment. To this day, Dorsey isn’t a comfortable communicator. “I can be silent at some times which unsettles people a bit, because they don’t know what I’m thinking,” he tells 60 Minutes. “Do I feel like I’m an expert in having a normal conversation face-to-face? Absolutely not. That’s just not my natural state.”
Dorsey was really into trains and maps as a kid. He used to spend hours at the train yards. When he was a teenager, he built a way to track emergency vehicles on a map.
He also used to listening to emergency dispatches on a police scanner. Those experiences inspired him to create Twitter. “They’re always talking about where they’re going, what they’re doing and where they currently are,” Dorsey tells 60 Minutes. “And that is where the idea for Twitter came was now we all have these cell phones…And suddenly we could update where I was, what I’m doing, where I’m going, how I feel. And then it would go out to the entire world.”
Dorsey finds it a little offensive when he’s called a nerd. Forbes called him a nerd in a recent article. Even though the publication meant it to be endearing, Dorsey wasn’t pleased. “[I found it] insulting,” Dorsey says. “[That] I’m ‘more of a nerd than Steve Jobs.’ I think the reference was because I was a programmer. So if that is the nerdy way, then guilty. I’m a nerd.”
To inspire employees, Dorsey takes them to the Golden Gate Bridge. Specifically, he takes them to Lands End. He thinks good software should operate like a bridge. People shouldn’t be thinking about the engineering behind it. They should think of it as functional and simple. “We see the bridge as like this perfect intersection between art and engineering. It has pure utility, in that people commute on it every single day,” he says. “When people come to Twitter and they want to express something in the world, the technology fades away.”
Jack Dorsey first moved to Manhattan when he was 19. He aspires to be the city’s mayor someday. “[New York City is] kinda like being in a car in the middle of a thunderstorm, right,” says Dorsey. “Everything is raging around you, but you’re safe inside that car. So New York feels very much to me like that.”
Jack Dorsey was born on November 19, 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, to Marcia Smith and Tim Dorsey.
His father was an engineer of medical equipment and worked for a company that developed mass spectrometers. As a result of his father’s job which required the family to move frequently from one place to another, young Jack developed a love for maps.
He went to Bishop du Bourg High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He was known to be a quiet boy as he suffered from stuttering. Jack was determined to overcome this challenge and participated in a variety of oratory competitions and was finally able to speak normally.
He developed an early interest in computers and was a member of his school’s computer club. He also spent considerable time studying the available model of IBM computers.
His childhood fascination with maps developed into a serious hobby in his teenage. He became interested in the challenges of coordinating the taxicabs, delivery vans, ambulances, etc. and created software programs for taxi dispatching and firefighting services when he was just 15.
After high school he enrolled at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Eventually he transferred to New York University. It was here that he came up with the idea of sharing short messages with friends easily in order to update them on his status. He did not stay long enough in the university to complete his degree and dropped out.
He was included in the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35, in 2008.
He was awarded the “Innovator of the Year Award” for technology by ‘The Wall Street Journal’ in 2012.
Bishop DuBourg High School
Missouri University Of Science And Technology
New York University
Polytechnic Institute Of New York University
Jack Dorsey started working as a programmer and moved to Oakland, California in 2000 in search of better career prospects. He started a company to dispatch taxis, couriers and emergency services using his dispatch software.
During this time he also started getting serious about his idea for a short message communication service that would update his friends about his status in real-time.
Meanwhile his company failed and Dorsey struggled for the next few years. He made his living by freelancing and even went to massage therapy courses. However, he never forgot his dream of creating the short message service he had envisioned.
He approached Odeo, a directory and search destination website, which was showing interest in text messaging. He managed to attract the interest of Odeo co-founder Evan Williams and one of the company’s executives, Biz Stone.
In October 2006, Dorsey, along with Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and some other members of Odeo, formed Obvious Corporation which later evolved into “Twitter”. Within two weeks Dorsey created a simple site where users could instantly post short messages of 140 characters or less called “tweets”.
Initially Dorsey served as Twitter’s CEO and in 2008 Williams took over the role of CEO, while Dorsey became chairman of the board. The company grew rapidly and within five years of its founding, Twitter users were sending 50 million tweets per day.
In 2009, Dorsey teamed up with fellow entrepreneur and computer science engineer Jim McKelvey to form Square Inc. Primarily started as a mobile payments company, Square eventually branched into financial and merchant services as well. The company is a fast growing one and Dorsey serves as its CEO.
St. Louis, Missouri
He is not known to have any children as of 2015.
US$2.8 billion (October 2017)
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