The Tweeting Billionaire

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Nic Taylor, Staff Reporter

By: Nic Taylor

Web editor

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 From St. Louis, Missouri, this man has made a name for himself as a co-founder of micro-blogging company Twitter and mobile payment company Square. This St. Louis native is Jack Dorsey, a man with a net worth of $1.1 billion. I had the chance of meeting Jack Dorsey in late August, and here is how that night influenced the inner entrepreneur in me.

Dorsey recently hosted a Let’s Talk event in St. Louis, at the Casa Loma Ballroom. The event featured four other local entrepreneurs to share advice and knowledge about starting a business. Jack’s company Square sponsors the event, which gave away free square card readers. All in support of the locals, the Let’s Talk helped with resources and networking between local business owners.

Towards the end of the event, 300 or more people swarmed around Jack, to pitch ideas, ask questions and take pictures. Getting to him would not be an easy task, but an opportunity worth taking. Fighting through a sea of people and chairs to reach this presumably esoteric individual was a difficult task to achieve.

The difficulties didn’t end once I reached Jack Dorsey himself. His manager stood next to him, taking all of the business cards and papers the locals threw at him. The manager decided it was time for Jack to leave the event, but for me I saw an opportunity to speak to Jack as people began to dwindle away and say their last questions.

During the entire event, the entrepreneurs spoke about taking risks, doing something that matters and to push forward at moments when it seems unlikely to keep pushing. That manager began rejecting people and turning them away from Jack  but I saw an opportunity to speak to him directly. Being the individual with the most youth, I slipped past the manager, coming directly face-to-face with Jack Dorsey himself.

In my head, I quickly thought of a way of being different from everyone else that he heard. Everyone pitched ideas of their business but instead I took a different approach. I began to speak, not about a business idea, not about business advice, and not even asking for money to support my startup. Instead, I planted a different idea into his head. I asked for something simple and something more valuable. In those simple sentences I said to him, to my surprise, I had his full attention.

His manager continued to push people away from him and told Jack that it was time to go; yet he stood there speaking to me. He started a conversation with me about his experiences. His manager incessantly encouraged him to leave. In that moment, I gave him a business card that I conjured up previously that day. It was a Culoure card, which is my latest business project. He commented on the card and took immediate interest in it. He slipped it his pocket. We both went our own ways.

That night I had an opportunity like no other. I had a chance to speak to the man who created Twitter. His advice to me was to do something different and to believe in that idea.