Twitter Creator Jack Dorsey: NYC Mayor Still Among Goals, He Tells '60 Minutes’

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Monday, 18 Mar 2013 09:27 AM

By Michael Mullins

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In a "60 Minutes" interview on CBS, Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, one of the most well-known and successful innovators today, repeated his goal to one day become the mayor of New York City.

Having grown up in St. Louis, Mo., the 36-year-old tech innovator has floated the idea of becoming NYC's mayor for several years now, having initially disclosed his "dream job" in an April 2011 interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

During Sunday's interview with CBS' Lara Logan, Dorsey again repeated his aspiration, explaining his attraction to the city that never sleeps as he walked through subway with the CBS' host saying: "What I love about New York is just the electricity I feel right away. I mean just look at us in this station. There's just people walking everywhere."

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"Its kinda [sic] like being in the middle of a thunderstorm, everything raging around you but you're safe in that car," Dorsey added referring to the subway cars that passed behind them.

A New York University graduate, Dorsey says he first fell in love with the big apple when he worked for the dispatch company he hacked into to get his first job, sending the employer an email alerting them to the vulnerabilities in their website firewall protection. One week later he was hired.

According to the computer programming entrepreneur, who Forbes says has a net worth of $1.1 billion, one of the city's most appealing attractions is its immense and intricate subway line.

As a boy who spent much of this youth listening to emergency dispatches from a police scanner, Dorsey was always intrigued by the quick, abbreviated exchanges between workers. It was these shortened comments that were broadcast out to anyone listening which Dorsey says later inspired him to create Twitter.

Despite his attraction to the controlled "chaos" that defines much of NYC life, Dorsey acknowledged his reserved and seemingly distant persona in the "60 Minutes" interview, telling Logan that he would feel much more comfortable communicating in a tweet or letter than in a face-to-face conversation. The apparent face-to-face disconnect could be problem appealing to voters in a city known for its personality-driven politicians.

In October 2001, Dorsey visited with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the potential of a future mayoral run.

The two appeared to share a mutual admiration from the start reports Forbes, with Dorsey saying that Bloomberg "is doing a fantastic job," while the mayor returned the praise, saying "few people have been as successful at innovating – and implementing – as Jack Dorsey. Could a tech entrepreneur really be elected mayor? That question is so 2001."

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Bloomberg is referring to himself, having been elected to office in 2001 and having created Innovative Market Systems, a financial-data service firm in 1982 upon which he built his billion-dollar fortune.

Dorsey did not say when or how he plans to go about launching his first campaign to achieve his "dream job."

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