“Everyone on Twitter now hates him”

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In Silicon Valley’s league of legends, Jack Dorsey – the co-founder of Twitter who stepped down as CEO a year ago this month – has long had a reputation as the cool hippie with the beard. who likes to hang out and meditate in between. patterns of dating and fasting.

Now, just a week after fellow billionaire businessman Elon Musk took over Twitter for $44 billion, Dorsey, 46, is launching a social media company called Bluesky: a new kind of platform decentralized that promises to give more autonomy to users and developers. Over 30,000 subscribers have already signed up, the company tweeted October 20.

Bluesky, which is in beta testing, was commissioned by Dorsey to address some of the issues he saw on Twitter.

While some doubt there’s any real interest in another social media venture, those who know the never-married and childless Dorsey say he has sharp elbows in addition to brains, and that his life and his career after Twitter should not be underestimated. He is currently worth just under $4 billion.

“When [Dorsey] quit this last time, he blamed Twitter’s problems on other people. Even though he was on the board and was the CEO! said author Nick Bilton of Dorsey’s 2021 resignation.
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In an apparent show of confidence in Musk’s takeover, Dorsey, who also founded monetary payments company Block, opted to renew his $1 billion stake – 18 million shares – in Twitter rather than withdraw money.

But, sources say, there is resentment among Twitter employees – half of whom are set to lose their jobs under Musk.

“Jack is hated on Twitter,” a source familiar with the matter told The Post. “They blame what happened with Elon taking over the business on Jack. Parag [Agrawal, the recently-ousted head of Twitter] and the board thinks he’s this really bad character.

“Just look at the stock price before Elon bought it. It was around $37 and had been flat for about ten years. The company hadn’t grown because Jack was galloping on his jet. with these role models,” the source said. “But no one wrote about how a disaster the business was because everyone idolizes Dorsey and thinks he’s the next Steve Jobs.”

According to a source, Twitter employees "blame what happened with Elon [Musk] take over the business on Jack."
Source says Twitter employees ‘blame what happened with Elon [Musk] take over the business on Jack.
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Dorsey’s representatives at Square and Bluesky did not respond to requests for comment.

Dorsey may not be a lightning rod for controversy like Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Bill Gates, or be seen as socially awkward like Mark Zuckerberg, but it’s a mistake to think he’s less Machiavellian or megalomaniac than the others, multiple sources who know Dorsey told the Post.

“He was at one point the lowest person in the room on Twitter, and then, because he wanted to be the most important person in the room, he was – and he ended up being CEO,” said said author Nick Bilton, who spent time with Dorsey for “Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power Friendship and Betrayal,” his 2014 book.

“He had three co-founders who were kind of erased from Twitter history, both publicly and financially. When he left this last time, he blamed Twitter’s problems on other people. Even if he was on the board and was the CEO!He is incredibly good at boardroom politics and fends off coups against him.

Dorsey became known for dating models, such as Flora Carter.
Dorsey became known for dating models, such as Flora Carter.
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And he has plenty of people in his corner who foresee a brilliant post-Twitter career in his future.

“Jack isn’t hot-headed or hot-blooded,” said Nik Yakovenko, who worked on Twitter under Dorsey from 2015 to 2017. “He’s a quiet person. A lot of [Silicon Valley bosses] are not calm. He’s a bit more cerebral. He’s also a lot more sincere than you might think. He is not interested in money. He loves nature and the outdoors and he really enjoys doing blockchain stuff. It remains to be seen what happens with Bluesky. It is about decentralizing social networks in the future to give more autonomy to users.

Like many tech big brothers, Dorsey didn’t stand out during his childhood, where he suffered from a stutter and had geeky hobbies like studying maps and trains and listening to police scanners.

The tech titan reportedly bought model Raven Lyn Corneil an $8 million Hollywood Hills home before they broke up.
The tech titan reportedly bought model Raven Lyn Corneil an $8 million Hollywood Hills home before they broke up.
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“I loved couriers,” he once said. “You had this transfer of physical information that was happening all over the city and around the world. Someone picks up the package, puts it in a bag, goes somewhere, takes it out of the bag, gives it to someone else. I thought that was so cool. I wanted to map it, see that flow on the big screen.

He grew up in humble circumstances in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father, Tim, was a medical equipment engineer and his mother, Marcia, a homemaker. The family recently renovated Marcia Dorsey’s childhood home.

His Twitter biography reads: “Mom of @jack… Does that make me the grandma of Twitter? »

Dorsey is launching a new competitor on Twitter, Bluesky.
Dorsey is launching a new competitor on Twitter, Bluesky.
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Despite dropping out of college, Dorsey’s early forays into creating dispatch software for taxi companies led him to plan to microblog his status to his friends in real time – an idea that served as his building block for Twitter, created in 2006.

Along the way, Dorsey briefly became a licensed massage therapist and dabbled in modeling and fashion design.

In 2019, he detailed 11 of his “wellness habits” which include ice baths and saunas in the morning, eating only one meal a day and fasting often on weekends, two hours of meditation a day. day and a daily walk of eight kilometers to get to work.

After co-founding Twitter in 2006 with Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Noah Glass,
After co-founding Twitter in 2006 with Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Noah Glass, “Jack doesn’t talk to anyone [his] Twitter is no longer a co-founder,” an insider said.
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“Dorsey is a rarity in Silicon Valley,” Bilton said. “Jack is more charismatic than most of them. Having a conversation with Mark Zuckerberg is like talking to a chatbot. Most are weird and you think, did someone make them in a lab and then escape and become CEO. But with Jack, you feel like there might be a real human being somewhere.

Dorsey’s charisma — and huge bank account — may explain why he’s been linked to swimwear models Flora Carter and Raven Lyn Corneil, yoga instructor Kate Greer, model Lilly Cole and the author of “Boss Bitch” Nicole Rabbit.

But the relationship did not last.

“He bought Raven Lyn an $8 million house in the Hollywood Hills in 2019, but she broke up with him anyway,” an insider told the Post. “It felt like he was too weird to put up with despite his money.”

"He does not participate in the social circuit or galas.  He stays away and stays true to his man," a Silicon Valley insider said of Dorsey, above (right) with Sean Penn.
“He does not participate in the social circuit or galas. He stays away and stays true to his pack,’ a Silicon Valley insider said of Dorsey, above (right) with Sean Penn.
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A Silicon Valley insider said Dorsey was keeping a low profile. He first bought a $10 million home overlooking the San Francisco Bay in the city’s Seacliff neighborhood in 2012, then bought the neighboring property for $21 million in late 2018.

“Jack always seems to be the harbinger of things to come,” the insider told the Post. “His diet, biohacking, fasting — he’s always one of the first things to do. What he does weird will be considered hip and cool three years later… But he doesn’t take part in the social circuit or the galas. He stays away and remains loyal to his pack.

His current pack, however, would be well advised to watch their buddy like a hawk.

“Jack doesn’t talk to any of the [his three] Twitter is no longer a co-founder,” another insider of Dorsey’s old friends Biz Stone, Evan Williams and Noah Glass said. “You can be sure they don’t buy into BS’s public narrative that Dorsey is a benign earth-walking monk CEO. He’s like everyone else, just trying to screw everyone up for his own good.

The Post contacted Stone, Williams and Glass.

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