The Life of Jack: Twitter/Square co-founder details his grueling workweek
Managing two of today‚Äôs hottest start-ups simultaneously? That‚Äôs a feat that could overwhelm even some of the corporate world’s biggest egos.
Somehow, Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of microblogging service Twitter and mobile payment company Square, is managing to pull it off, putting in 8 hour days at each of the two companies every day, without collapsing into a pile of jello.
How does he do it?
The key, Dorsey explained, is to ‚Äútheme‚ÄĚ his workdays, with each day of the week dedicated to specific matters. Below is the schedule of Dorsey‚Äôs grueling workweek, as explained at the conference:
Monday: Focus on Management and running the company — Directional meeting at Square, Op Com meeting at Twitter. Dorsey also has his management one-on-ones on Monday.
Tuesday: Focus on product
Wednesday: Focus on marketing, communications, growth
Thursday: Focus on developers and partnerships
Friday: Focus on company and culture; recruiting.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs interruptions all the time. But I can quickly deal with an interruption and then know that it‚Äôs Tuesday, I have product meetings and I need to focus on product stuff,‚ÄĚ Dorsey explained.
‚ÄúIt also sets a good cadence for the rest of the company, so that we‚Äôre always delivering, we‚Äôre always showing where we were last week and where we‚Äôre going to be the following week. So it‚Äôs been good, but we‚Äôre always evolving,‚ÄĚ said Dorsey.
What about the weekends? Well, Dorsey has a plan there too. On Saturday, said Dorsey, ‚ÄúI take off, I hike.‚ÄĚ
And on Sunday, Dorsey spends time on ‚Äúreflection and feedback,‚ÄĚ as well as focusing on strategy and getting ready for the rest of the week.
So there you have it, the Dorsey blueprint for running two companies, for anyone with the drive…or the masochism.