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Jack Dorsey, the co-founder/chairman of Twitter, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award last week at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards—at age 34.After the success of Twitter, Dorsey co-founded Square in 2009. The company allows anyone, anywhere to accept credit card payments on their mobile devices, and more than a million individuals and merchants in the U.S. have taken advantage of it.
After taking the stage after Justin Bieber to accept his award in a freshly pressed grey suit, we waited patiently as Dorsey greeted colleagues and fans, signed autographs for children and posed for photos (Twitpics, presumably) with teenagers.
With no time left for a formal interview, Dorsey allowed me to accompany him as he left the venue and walked several blocks in search of a cab to take him uptown.
He opened up to Business Insider about some personal preferences—from his favourite brand of jeans to which celebrities he thinks best utilise Twitter.
Sunday is for recruiting and strategy.
Monday is for management leadership and direction.
Tuesday is for product.
Wednesday is for marketing, communications and growth.
Thursday is for external meetings and partnerships.
Friday is for the company.
Saturday I take off.
Saturdays I usually go for a long walk, a hike with friends, have dinner--it varies.
Sometimes I drive south, that's one of the best things about the Bay area because you can be in this epic nature and feel like you're in a different world, so I do that a lot.
I read most of them. Some of them are in languages I can't read so it's not all that helpful but I read most of them, I reply to a lot and I try to stay up to date.
Sometimes it can be a little too much, just depends on what's going on.
I'm not really a shopper and I don't have a stylist, I just know what I like.
Twitter, I use Pay with Square to buy cappuccinos every morning, UberCab in San Francisco when it rains. That's it.
There's a new start up, a new idea pretty much every day but it's a hard question to answer because there's a lot of good work being done.
I love the Instagram team, I love the product and I think it makes sense for Facebook.
The way they grew so quickly was through photos and Instagram represented that photo aspect but will bring to Facebook more of the present tense instead of the past, so I think it's interesting.
Twitter. We're integrated into the camera which is pretty amazing.
For Twitter, we're simplifying it so more and more people use it.
The hope for Square is that anyone can immediately start a business, anyone can immediately start taking payments and we can really change the way people feel abut money.
And Twitter is being able to open it up and see what's happening in the world anywhere you are.
It's pretty important to do public good and I think both platforms are enabling more of that.
We have charities on Square who are using it every day at fundraisers, we have charities on Twitter who are talking about what's important to them and what matters.
I think both Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have been amazing.
You've seen a dynamic which has never existed before, where they can connect with their fans in real time and engage with them, interact with them. So I think that's pretty amazing.
It organically happened. It was built entirely by those users so it's amazing and something that we didn't have to do anything about.
We just had to provide the service and make sure it was working every single day.
It's definitely humbling that people have taken to both of the technologies and used it in really amazing ways. But there was no expectation that this would happen specifically.
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