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At 38, Jack Dorsey has accomplished an impressive list of things, from attending New York University for a short time to becoming a certified masseur to co-founding two revolutionary technology companies. It was recently announced that Dorsey would be taking over as CEO of Twitter after the departure of Dick Costolo.
So who is Jack Dorsey? Let's take a look at five things to know about Twitter's newly-reinstated chief executive.
1. Dorsey is currently holds the CEO position for two companies: Twitter ( TWTR ) and Square. He co-founded Twitter with Ev Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass back in 2006, and was the company's chief executive until 2008, when he moved to the chairman's position. Square, a digital payments company, came about in 2009; Dorsey co-founded Square with close friend Jim McKelvey.
2. He believes the best software programmers are self-taught, a thinly-veiled recognition of his own skill as a coder. Back in 2013, at the NYU Entrepreneurs Festival, Dorsey explains that this belief relates to why he dropped out of school. "The reason I dropped out is because I was learning more with a higher velocity outside of school than I was in school," Dorsey told venture capitalist Fred Wilson at the event.
3. Dorsey has been repeatedly compared to the late Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive of Apple Inc ( AAPL ). In a recent Venture Beat article "Decoding the Dorsey Myth, a Jobsian Fantasy," author Ruth Reader writes that "both [Jobs and Dorsey] are known for their big product ideas and recognizable uniforms, as well as for having been ousted from companies they founded and enjoying triumphant returns."
4. He is very interested in Eastern thought, especially the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi , involving both art and philosophy, and the belief that beauty can be found in imperfection. In Wired Magazine's recent profile on Dorsey, the entrepreneur tells author Steven Levy that "this mysterious aesthetic is at the core of his design philosophy, a simple yet lived-in quality that pleases and engages users on a profound level."
5. Dorsey has a love for denim and its many design processes. In the same Wired Magazine article, Dorsey explains that he took a few fashion design courses in hopes of becoming a "jeans artisan." He specifically likes denim designed by Scott Morrison, who owns the denim company 3x1 , located in New York City's Soho neighborhood.