Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and CEO of social media platform Twitter is presently in Nigeria. He had announced back in October that he plans to visit four African nations this month (November) – Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa.
So grateful to finally be in Nigeria 🇳🇬
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 7, 2019
The Twitter CEO is expected to meet the local technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem while in the country.
It might interest you to know that this is not the first time a global technology leader is visiting the country. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook also visited the country and also met tech leaders in the country.
As Jack Dorsey is warming up to Nigeria, Techawk has gathered 5 things you should know about Dorsey.
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) November 8, 2019
His brief profile
Jack Dorsey was born on November 19, 1976, Jack Patrick Dorsey in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. He is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. His net worth is US$4.1 billion (October 2019)
He never wanted to be a CEO or entrepreneur
Dorsey, who grew up listening to punk rock music and once dyed his hair blue, describes himself as a “punk” during the Rolling Stone Q&A. He also says that he never had ambitions as a kid to become an entrepreneur, public figure or CEO.
He wants to eventually give away all his money
When asked about his philanthropic goals, Dorsey pointed to two causes he cares about. One is climate change, and the other is an economic disparity. “I don’t think it’s fair what I have access to,” he said.
The Twitter creator almost went to work for Facebook.
Dorsey reportedly spoke with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg around the time he was ousted as the CEO of Twitter, according to reporter Nick Bilton in “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal.” Zuckerberg — who at the time mulled buying Twitter — sought to hire Dorsey, but the lack of a defined role prompted Dorsey to set his sights elsewhere, according to an excerpt from Bilton’s book.
He can get addicted to Twitter like the rest of us
During live events such as an election or a basketball game, Dorsey said, he compulsively checks Twitter like everyone else. The tech mogul said the company never intended to make the site addictive and has looked at removing the “like” counts from tweets. Instead of spending hours on the platform, Dorsey said, he wants users to walk away feeling like they learned something new. “Right now I just feel overwhelmed, because I don’t think I’m learning anything new, ultimately.”