In a recent New York Times profile of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, a rather interesting piece of information surfaced about Twitter and Square cofounder Jack Dorsey. The Times wrote that Mr. Dorsey’s role at Twitter was diminished “after employees complained that he was difficult to work with and repeatedly changed his mind about product directions.”
Understandably, the office gossip led to some confusion over his current role. To clear up any misunderstanding, Mr. Dorsey took to his Tumblr today to defend his work schedule, proclaiming that he’s had a backseat role at Twitter (he’s currently a chairman) since January:
“In Spring of 2011, Dick asked me to take an operational role overseeing product, design, and brand. Our shared goal was to get those organizations back under him as soon as possible, simply because it was the right thing to do for the company. We moved all of my reports back under him in January of this year after leadership was firmly in place. This allowed me to focus on refining our brand and logo, to work more with Dick and the leadership team on our direction forward, and ultimately return the majority of my time to Square, where I’m CEO. I’m back to going to Twitter on Tuesday afternoons, something I started before taking the interim operational role.”
Of course, saying that the move was executed because “it was the right thing to do for the company” conveniently glosses over what was reported in the Times: mainly, that Twitter employees did not really enjoy having Mr. Dorsey as their manager. (But his jeans are hand sewn, people! Does that mean NOTHING to you?)
Mr. Dorsey further explained the company’s silence on the issue. “We haven’t talked about this publicly because it’s not what people using Twitter every day care about.” Hey now, tech reporters are Twitter users too.
As Square continues to dominate ($3.25B valuation, anyone?), we have to believe Mr. Dorsey has bigger things to worry about than his former Twitter underlings.