If you are 29 but have nothing in hand, do not be sad because never too late for success of yourself.
Can not believe it? Look at the life of Jack Dorsey.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter – the billionaire holding 2.3 billion USD, started his business quite late. In 2005, 29-year-old Dorsey had just dropped out New York University, often wore a T-shirt with his phone number printed on the front and a nose ring. After having written software for a small company for three months, he moved to a small apartment in San Francisco. Even Camper, a store of shoes refused him.
Seize the opportunity
The opportunity to become a billionaire came to him in one morning when he was sitting at Caffe Centro on South Park Street. When Dorsey was listening to music on his laptop, he saw Evan Williams stepping into the restaurant. Williams, 33 years old, is a well-known character in technological field in San Francisco. Several years ago, he sold his diary service Blogger to Google for millions of dollars. Currently, Williams uses that money to invest in a new company called Odeo specializing in podcasts producing.
Dorsey was too shy to approach Williams to introduce himself, he opened his CV on the computer, edited it, deleted information relating to the application to work in a shoe store and then sent to Williams via email. After the interview, Williams – CEO of Odeo along with Noa Glass, co-founder of Odeo, who dropped out Harvard University, directly got Dorsey to work.
Odeo had grown quite strongly but it was complicated when Apple announced to add podcasts to iTunes, an event that made Odeo useless. In late 2005, Williams and Glass started leaving the team no consensus about the future of their company. Williams was an indecisive leader and want to close the business while Glass often encouraged Odeo employees to give new ideas to find solutions for the company.
The idea turning Odeo into Twitter appeared after a night of discussing in drunken rampage between Dorsey and Glass. The next morning, they presented their idea to the whole team and started building Twitter. Glass executed the project, wrote script and listed the features of the website. Stone in charge of designing, Dorsey and another programmer, Florian Weber, in charge of writing the code.
The later days, Twitter ongoing developed and internal waves never stopped inside it. Firstly, Dorsey did everything possible to get Williams make the decision of typing Glass out of the company. Glass then had to pack up to leave Twitter, the company he co-founded, in bitterness. After Glass left, Dorsey replaced him as a CEO.
However, not long after that, William wanted Dorsey to cede the position of CEO. Everything happened too quickly. William hold CEO position and Dorsey also was appointed chairman. In fact, Dorsey was fired by Twitter but no one knew because of his position of chairman in nominal. However, he had no right to vote in the company’s decision.
During that time, Facebook was intending to buy Twitter. A day after deposition, Dorsey called Zuckerberg to blurt about operation of the company to CEO of Facebook. Zuckerberg surprised Dorsey when asking whether the acquisition of Twitter can save layoffs or not? The answer of Dorsey is should not so Zuckerberg changed from buying Twitter to hiring Dorsey.
Dorsey met Chris Cox, Facebook’s product manager, at Philz Coffee. They had a quite serious conversation but not decided the position for Dorsey when he joined Facebook. Zuckerberg wanted Dorsey to join Facebook before thinking of deciding the specific position for him.
After thinking carefully, Dorsey refused Zuckerberg’s proposal. “We will continue to discuss this issue if you find for me a suitable position”, Dorsey told Zuckerberg. “I’ll think about it too”.
In 2011, Dorsey returned to the position of Executive Chairman of Twitter after Dick Costolo replaced Williams as CEO. On May 6, 2015, Costolo announced to resign CEO of Twitter from January 7, 2015. Since then, Dorsey has held the CEO position of Twitter. Besides, Dorsey is also a CEO of Square, a mobile payments company he founded in 2010.