Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter, Inc. and Square, Inc.
One man who has greatly been influenced by Jobs' work and who has expanded the functionality of many of Apple Inc.'s products is Jack Dorsey. Dorsey may not be as well-known as his contemporary, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, yet he has arguably been just as, if not more, influential. If you have ever "tweeted" something to share with your social network in the cyber world, you have Dorsey to thank for that.
Jack Dorsey describes how Twitter and Square are connected "utilities" for their users.
Twitter and Square creator Jack Dorsey discusses his new product, Square.
Dorsey attributes both Twitter and Square's success to the fact that the products are "utilities" that anyone can take advantage from an individual holding a garage sale to a large global organization. A seven-year-old girl running a lemonade stand now has the ability to accept Visa or MasterCard as payment for a fifty cent cup of lemonade she is selling in her driveway thanks to Mr. Dorsey. Jack Dorsey envisions his two companies as being a foundation that small start-up companies and independent artists and contractors can utilize to quickly and easily get off the ground.
Dorsey did not found either company to solve any drastic problems, yet both companies' products have established themselves in unique niches within the social media and consumer marketplaces. Due to his vision, people have redefined how they communicate and buy things. While neither of these elements of societal interactions were necessarily flawed or problematic prior to Jack Dorsey entering the scene, his products' impacts on the world are now immeasurable. Like Mr. Jobs, Mr. Dorsey has created products that we did not know how much we needed until they were introduced to us. Furthermore, like the late Mr. Jobs at Apple, Jack Dorsey has every intention to further improve the capabilities and services of his companies. His products' real potentials, however, lie in the fact that they now rest in the public domain. Through the use of these technologies, other people can continue to redefine the world in which we all live. Through use of Twitter and Square, anyone has the ability to possibly become the next Jack Dorsey or Steve Jobs and to "think differently."