Twitter founder wants to be mayor of NYC

Dorsey and Bloomberg
Jack Dorsey and Mayor Bloomberg tweeting together in 2011. (Credit: @jack/Twitter.)

During a 60 Minutes profile of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey last night, Lara Logan expressed surprise at the news that Dorsey wants to be mayor of New York City.

But as New York Magazine’s Daily Intel and Gothamist have pointed out, that’s not really news.

Dorsey’s political ambitions were referenced in a Forbes profile last year, as well as a 2011 Vanity Fair article.

As a child, Dorsey was apparently “fascinated by cities and what makes them tick,” and has repeatedly discussed his love of the “chaotic” atmosphere of New York City, which he mentioned again with Logan last night.

Dorsey has previously talked about Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a fellow billionaire, as a role model, highlighting the mayor’s corporate background in technology and start-ups.

Bloomberg has expressed admiration for Dorsey as well.

“Few people have been as successful at innovating—and implementing—as Jack Dorsey,” Bloomberg told Forbes. “Could a tech entrepreneur really be elected mayor? That question is so 2001.”

Logan brought up the question of how Dorsey might choose to communicate with voters, and Dorsey confessed to an aversion to “face-to-face communication.”

“I guess my natural state would be through mediation of letters or through tests, all those mediums, I definitely find ease with,” Dorsey said. “Do I feel like I’m an expert in having a normal conversation face-to-face? Absolutely not. That’s just not my natural state.”

 

 

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