Tattoos, Rolex Watches And Hacking: 10 Things We Just Learned About Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, the inventor and chairman of Twitter and co-founder of Square, just got the Vanity Fair treatment in a long (and awesome) profile by Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick.

If you don’t have the time to go through it, here’s a few things we noted:

  • His dream job is to be Mayor of New York.
  • This is a well-known part of Twitter lore, but Dorsey has been fascinated with cities and maps since he was a boy and sees his work to date as exploring the life of cities and human networks.
  • He’s the second largest individual shareholder in Twitter; his “personal wealth” is probably above $300 million.
  • The first thing he does every morning is to text his mum—kudos.
  • He has a 9 inch tattoo on the forearm which represents an integral (a maths function).
  • Dorsey was always a gifted programmer. As a college student, to get a job at a dispatch software company, he hacked into the company’s website and emailed the CEO and Chairman about the job; he was flown in within the week and offered a job.
  • In between working on dispatch software and Twitter, Dorsey became a licensed massage therapist and took classes in sewing and fashion.
  • In order to get Square employees to understand the importance of design and beauty, he takes them on weekly tours of museums and art galleries to look at “beautiful things”.
  • Jim McKelvey, Dorsey’s Square cofounder, was actually the owner of the company that gave Dorsey his first job at 15.
  • He wears Prada suits and likes Rolex watches, because they’re one of the few watch brands which make all components themselves. (Have you thought about Patek Philippe, Jack?)

Here’s the full profile →

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