jack dorsey

  • Twitter: Consider This Your Intervention.

    Twitter: Consider This Your Intervention.

    This is the post I haven’t wanted to write for weeks. This is the post no one wants to write. No one wants to say Twitter is in trouble. That’s like shooting your best friend’s dog. But I’m increasingly convinced that Twitter is operationally in trouble, for a lot of the same reasons that Fortune’s Jessi Hempel outlines in her cover today, and other reasons… Read More

  • Season 7

    The deal is finally almost done for the realignment of the television business. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner gets $30 million for the final three years of the series, with no cuts of talent and only a partial concession to AMC’s insistence on cutting 2 minutes of the show for more ads. This “concession” is to keep the first and last shows at 47 minutes and then go to 45 for… Read More

  • Live With Jack

    Live With Jack

    I’m at Columbia Business School tonight to talk with Jack Dorsey, a founder of both Twitter and Square. As I wrote earlier today: It’s really more of an interview, with questions from the students and the audience at large. If you have a question for Dorsey, leave one in comments below or Tweet them at me during the event @erickschonfeld. I’ll be asking Dorsey about his new… Read More

  • Help Me Interview Jack Dorsey Tonight

    Jack Dorsey is in demand these days. The inventor of Twitter is now back as head of product, while still acting as CEO of his other startup, Square. Tonight, Dorsey and I will guest lecture together at Rachel Sterne’s Columbia Business School course on Social Media And Entrepreneurship. Sterne is also New York City’s chief digital officer, so it should be a social media… Read More

  • It's Official: Ev Became "Less Involved" At Twitter Months Ago

    Today’s return of Twitter inventor Jack Dorsey to the company he created to once again head up its product efforts raises the question of what will co-founder Evan Williams be doing now. When he handed over the CEO reigns to Dick Costolo last October, the company said he was going to focus more on the product side of things. Dorsey is now the head of product and the two co-founders have… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey Takes Over Product Again At Twitter As Executive Chairman

    Jack Dorsey is back at Twitter in a big way. He just tweeted that he is now taking on the lead product role at Twitter, the company he co-founded and where he’s remained as chairman. To reflect his new operating role, his title will now be executive chairman. Dorsey will remain CEO of Square. News that Dorsey was negotiating with Twitter for an expanded role came out last week. There… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey & The Golden Gate Bridge (Exclusive Video)

    Jack Dorsey & The Golden Gate Bridge (Exclusive Video)

    A recent Vanity Fair profile of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey ends with an anecdote about an inspiring speech he gave to the assembled staff at his new mobile payments startup, Square. The internal “TownSquare” meeting took place on his 34th birthday last November, and it is a remarkable statement by a young CEO who is finding his voice and trying to impart it onto his company. … Read More

  • Dorsey Is Back In Action At Twitter, And That May Be Formalized Soon

    While everyone is going gaga over Lady Gaga at Twitter, it’s the gradual return of another creative genius to 795 Folsom Street that’s got die hard Twitter fans all hot and bothered.  Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, as first reported by Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson, is currently in talks with Twitter management to expand his role. We’ve confirmed… Read More

  • 5 Years Later, Jack Dorsey Tweets About Twitter's Beginning

    Did you know it was exactly five years ago today that Jack Dorsey and a few other team members working at Odeo first started to work on what would become Twitter? How do I know? Dorsey is tweeting about it right now. While programming began five years ago, it wasn’t until eight days later, on March 21, 2006, that Dorsey sent the famous first (non-automated) tweet: “inviting… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey On Being Ejected From Twitter: "It Was Like Being Punched In The Stomach"

    Jack Dorsey On Being Ejected From Twitter: "It Was Like Being Punched In The Stomach"

    Jack Dorsey gets the Vanity Fair treatment in a long profile written by David Kirkpatrick (author of The Facebook Effect). It goes over familiar ground for anyone who’s been following Dorsey—his obsession with maps and cities, the founding of Twitter, his ouster, and more recently new company Square (which is doing just fine, thank you). But Kirkpatrick pulls it all together into… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey On Charlie Rose: "It's Really Complex To Make Something Simple."

    Jack Dorsey On Charlie Rose: "It's Really Complex To Make Something Simple."

    Twitter Chairman and Square founder Jack Dorsey sat down with Charlie Rose last night to talk about Dorsey’s unique position of being responsible for two technology startups based on the idea of simplicity: Twitter and Square. Watching this interview you realize that Dorsey’s accomplishments have little to do with luck, and more with his focus on creating the purest products by… Read More

  • Square Starts 2011 with A New Round At A Big Valuation

    Square Starts 2011 with A New Round At A Big Valuation

    While much of Silicon Valley spent the last two weeks skiing or otherwise reveling in all that money made this year from acquisitions, partial liquidations and secondary deals, Square founder Jack Dorsey was apparently hard at work. TechCrunch has learned that Square is in the process of closing a large round of funding. The company is being valued, we hear from multiple sources, at… Read More

  • Art.sy Raises $1.25 Million From Schmidt, Murdoch, Dorsey, And Super-Artsy Angels

    New York City art world startup Art.sy, which launched at our first TechCrunch Disrupt and won the Rookie Award, is raising $1.25 million from a very impressive group of super angels on both coasts. The investors include Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Wendi Murdoch (wife of News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch), Jack Dorsey (Twitter, Square), VC Jim Breyer, art “czarina” Dasha Zhukova… Read More

  • Evan Williams, Master of the Privacy Game

    Evan Williams, Master of the Privacy Game

    I’m not talking about the privacy of Twitter’s millions of users- who they follow, what they retweet and the inner-sanctum of their DMs. I’m talking about the privacy of Evan Williams– one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the Web 2.0 era, yet one who doesn’t have Gawker photographers come to his house, doesn’t have snarky movies made about him and… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey On Square, Entrepreneurship and Twitter's Mistakes

    Jack Dorsey On Square, Entrepreneurship and Twitter's Mistakes

    Here at the DEMO conference in Santa Clara, VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall asked Twitter founder Jack Dorsey about his regrets, “What can the 67 companies here learn [from your experiences with Twitter]?” Marshall asked. Dorsey, who is still Chairman of Twitter, put context around his answers, “Twitter has some interesting scaling issues, massive spike around an… Read More

  • Dorsey Delivers 50,000 Squares, Eyes Global Domination [Video]

    Dorsey Delivers 50,000 Squares, Eyes Global Domination [Video]

    Jack Dorsey’s Square is trying to graduate from cool party trick to global game changer. So far, the mobile payments service is far from the mark but it’s making progress. Since its launch, Square has delivered roughly 50,000 devices, according to Dorsey. The founder of Twitter has been a diligent ambassador, traveling to several parties and conferences this year (like last… Read More

  • When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

    When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

    Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Mastering The VC Game, a new book by Jeffrey Bussgang that goes on sale Thursday. It tells the backstory of Twitter from the perspective of founder Jack Dorsey, from his early obsession with couriers and his attempts to create a better dispatch system to his “Aha” moment with Twitter (“What if we simply set status, archive it… Read More

  • Tech Delegation Goes To Russia To Carry Out 21st Century Statecraft

    Tech Delegation Goes To Russia To Carry Out 21st Century Statecraft

    Silicon Valley and the State Department are getting along quite well under the Obama Administration. Last year, a tech delegation traveled with the State Department to Iraq and Mexico City to see how technology can help aid the countries. As a result of those trips, the Iraqi government set up a YouTube channel and digitized the contents of its looted national museum, while Mexico set up an… Read More

  • Video: Jack Dorsey Talks Square And I Buy Him Coffee With It

    As we first reported over the summer, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey has a new project. Originally known as “Squirrel,” the name has been changed to Square, but the idea remains the same: A hardware/software combination for mobile devices (launching first for the iPhone/iPod touch) that allows vendors to easily accept and process credit card payments. Our full post on Square is… Read More