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October 10, 2012

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Cuts Back His Role as Twitters' Executive Chairman

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Jack Dorsey, founder and executive chairman of Twitter (News - Alert), the giant micro-blogging site, recently announced that he cut down on his role because he was spending most of his time working with Square, the payment start-up where Dorsey acts as the CEO.

Dorsey disclosed on his blog in Tumblr that they had not talked about this publicly because it's not what people using Twitter every day care about. Dorsey mentioned in his blog that he handed over his entire employee supervision role to the chief executive of Twitter, Dick Costolo (News - Alert), in the month of January as an important part of the pre-set transition process. 


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Days ago, the New York Times reported that Jack Dorsey trimmed his role in the company after the alleged complaints by the employees that he is difficult to work with. According to the news report, this is the reason behind Dorsey’s cutting down on his role and services in Twitter, as he is not seen much in the conferences and product launches.

To clarify his role in Twitter in this context, Dorsey leveraged on his personal blog in mentioning about the messaging service that he invented in 2006. He was also the chief executive officer of TwitterBusiness until 2008, after which he was pushed out by Evan Williams (News - Alert), the co-founder of Twitter. It is in this year that Jack Dorsey launched Square, and started giving more time to that business.

Dorsey returned to the position of executive chairman at Twitter in March 2011, after Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo asked him to take charge of the product, design and brand. He added in his blog that their shared goal was to get those organizations back under him as soon as possible, simply because it was the right thing to do for the company. He further added that they moved all of his reports back under him in January this year, after leadership was firmly in place.

He said that this allowed him to focus more time on refining the logo and brand, work more with Dick and the leadership team, and then attribute majority of the time to Square. Saying so, Jack Dorsey also confirmed that he no longer has operational role in Twitter. However, he returns to business only on Tuesday afternoons, which he has already started before taking up the role of interim operation.

It is not known whether Jack took this decision based on complaints made by employees, or whether he is actually busy growing his Square business. Nevertheless, he is a part of Twitter, heading the brand, products and design, focusing primarily onto this area.

Twitter is the giant micro-blogging service provider and a popular social networking site, allowing people to connect and communicate with the world at large via exchange of frequent, quick messages.




Edited by Brooke Neuman
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