Now we know how Jack Dorsey is handling two demanding jobs at two fast-growing companies.
He's not, really.
The Twitter cofounder made a triumphant return to the company in early 2011, after years away.
Already chairman (after having originally been CEO), "executive" was appended to Dorsey's title to make it "executive chairman," and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo gave Dorsey oversight over Twitter's products.
The new job was a big ask for Dorsey; during his exile from Twitter, he'd gone and started another billion dollar startup, Square, and he remained its CEO.
By June 2012, we heard Dorsey was spending less time at Twitter.
Now, in a profile of CEO Costolo, Nick Bilton of The New York Times confirms that Dorsey's role has been "reduced."
Mr. Dorsey’s role has since been reduced after employees complained that he was difficult to work with and repeatedly changed his mind about product directions. He no longer has anyone directly reporting to him, although he is still involved in strategic decisions.
Mr. Dorsey declined to comment on how people feel about working with him. But, in a statement, he said he considered Mr. Costolo to be one of Twitter’s founders. “He’s had a dramatic impact on the company and the culture,” Mr. Dorsey said. “He’s questioned everything we started with and made it better.”
Mr. Costolo says he looks to Mr. Dorsey for ideas and sometimes has to pull them out of him. Although Mr. Dorsey is a regular on the media circuit, appearing on CNN, as well as “Charlie Rose” and other programs, he tends to be quiet in meetings.
“Dick does a good job of saying ‘Jack, what do you think?’ ” says Michael Sippey, director of consumer product at Twitter. Mr. Sippey works with Mr. Dorsey to make sure that new features are “Twittery.”
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