Keynote interview with JACK DORSEY Chief Executive Officer, Square
Interviewer: VIJAY VAITHEESWARAN Global Correspondent, The Economist
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Jack Dorsey is a software architect and businessperson best known as the creator and chairman of Twitter. Dorsey is also the CEO of Square. MIT's Technology Review named him (in the Technology Review 35(TR35)) as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman of Twitter, and CEO of Square, explains that he had the idea for Twitter when he was eight years old, and first outlined the communications platform when he was 14. His inspiration included police and fire dispatches and other inputs from city life. "I don't consider myself an entrepreneur," Dorsey says. "I consider myself someone who wants to fix things."