May 19, 2013 | 11:37 PM (BD Time)
19 May, 2013 Sunday
A guide to Jack Dorsey’s 80-hour workweek
CNN Online :
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is trying to pull off an almost unprecedented trick: He's simultaneously guiding two of the tech industry's fastest-growing companies.
Turns out he's got a minute-by-minute plan for making it all work.
"The only way to do this is to be very disciplined. I theme my days," Dorsey said during a talk Sunday at the Techonomy conference in Tucson.
He meant it literally. Each day, he focuses on one specific aspect of corporate development and tunes out the rest.
Here's a rundown on the weekly calendar Dorsey keeps as CEO of payments platform Square and chairman of Twitter.
Monday: Management meetings and "running the company" work
Tuesday: Product development
Wednesday: Marketing, communications and growth
Thursday: Developers and partnerships
Friday: The company and its culture
Weekends are a bit slower: Saturdays are for hiking and Sundays are for "reflection, feedback and strategy," Dorsey said. But from Monday to Friday, he clocks in eight hours at Twitter and then walks two blocks over to put in another eight hours at Square. "There's interruptions all the time, but I can quickly deal with an interruption and know 'it's Tuesday, I have product meetings, I have to focus on product stuff,'" he said. "It sets a good cadence for the company."
Dorsey's 16-hour-days are a result of an unlikely serial-entrepreneurship collision.
The original designer of Twitter's microblogging service, he co-founded the company in 2006 but was later forced out in a management clash. During his exile, he launched a new venture: Square, a small business-focused mobile payments service.
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