Jack Dorsey

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St. Louis, Missouri
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St. Louis, Missouri

Jack Dorsey is a co-founder of Twitter and an American businessman. Twitter is one of the top ten most-visited websites in the world. It is an online social networking service that allows users to post and read short messages known as ‘tweets.’ Dorsey is also the founder of ‘Square,’ a mobile payments startup that sells a variety of software and hardware. He worked as a computer programmer before becoming interested in dispatch routing when he was still in his teens. He had always been interested in computers and had spent hours studying the IBM computer model that was available at the time. He was enthralled by the idea of coordinating taxicabs, couriers, emergency services, and other fleets of vehicles, and he set out to construct a live map of his city, with the vehicles in motion represented as small moving red dots. He built a program for dispatching cabs and firefighting services when he was just 15 years old. He went on to study at the ‘Missouri University of Science and Technology’ before transferring to ‘New York University,’ where he first conceived of the idea for Twitter. He left before completing his degree to pursue his passion. In 2006, he founded Twitter with the help of his buddies.

Childhood and Adolescence

Marcia Smith and Tim Dorsey gave birth to Jack Dorsey on November 19, 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. His father worked for a company that manufactured mass spectrometers as a medical equipment engineer. Jack developed an interest for maps as a result of his father’s business, which necessitated the family to move regularly from one location to another. In St. Louis, Missouri, he attended ‘Bishop du Bourg High School.’ He was renowned for being a quiet student due to his stuttering. Jack was motivated to overcome his condition, and as a result, he entered a number of oratory contests before ultimately being able to talk without stuttering. He became interested in computers at a young age and was a member of his school’s computer club. He also spent a lot of time researching the various IBM computer models.

During his adolescent years, his passion with maps became into a serious hobby. When he was 15, he became interested in the issues of coordinating taxicabs, delivery vans, ambulances, and other vehicles, and he designed software for taxi dispatching and firefighting services. He went to the ‘Missouri University of Science and Technology’ after high school. He eventually enrolled at ‘New York University.’ He came up with the notion of sending short messages to friends while he was there. He did not stay at the university long enough to get his degree.

Career of Jack

Jack Dorsey began his career as a programmer. In the year 2000, he relocated to Oakland, California in quest of better job opportunities. Using his dispatch software, he founded a company to dispatch cabs, couriers, and emergency services. During this period, he became more serious about his idea for a real-time short message communication service that would keep his pals up to date on his whereabouts.

His company failed in the meantime, and he struggled for the next few years. He supported himself by freelancing. He even went to massage treatment school. He never gave up, though, on his aim of building the short messaging service he had imagined. He reached out to ‘Odeo,’ a directory and search destination website that was looking for text messaging services. He drew the notice of ‘Odeo’ co-founder Evan Williams and Biz Stone, one of the company’s executives.

Dorsey, along with Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and a few other members of ‘Odeo,’ founded ‘Obvious Corporation,’ which later became Twitter, in October 2006. Within two weeks, Dorsey had built a rudimentary website that allowed users to send brief messages known as ‘tweets’ of 140 characters or less.

Dorsey was the CEO of Twitter at first. In 2008, Williams was named CEO, while Dorsey was named chairman of the board. The business flourished quickly. Twitter users sent 50 million tweets per day within five years after its launch.

Dorsey formed Square Inc. with fellow entrepreneur and computer science engineer Jim McKelvey in 2009. ‘Square,’ which began as a mobile payments startup, later expanded into financial and merchant services. Dorsey serves as the CEO of this fast-growing corporation.

Dorsey was named a new member of the board of directors of ‘The Walt Disney Company’ on December 24, 2013.

Major Projects of Jack

Jack Dorsey is most known for being one of the co-founders of Twitter, an online social networking website. The service, which was launched in 2006, quickly became immensely popular. Twitter has over 321 million users and over 25 offices throughout the world as of May 2015.

Achievements & Awards

He was named one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 in the world by the MIT Technology Review TR35 in 2008. In 2012, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ honoured him with the ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ for technology.

Personal History and Legacy

Jack Dorsey has dated a number of women, including Lily Cole, a British model, and Kate Greer, a yoga instructor.

Estimated Net Worth

Jack Dorsey has a net worth of $12 Billion as of 2020.