Zo lukt het Jack Dorsey twee bedrijven te leiden

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Jack Dorsey is bestuursvoorzitter van twee bedrijven: Twitter en Square. Daar moeten investeerders niet zo zenuwachtig van worden, zegt de topman. Het lukt hem prima aan allebei leiding te geven. En wel zo.

Most people would find it challenging to run even one public company well.

But if you ask Jack Dorsey, who’s playing the dual CEO role at Twitter and Square, it’s no problem at all.

Rebecca Cook

Rebecca Cook

“I benefit a lot from a consistent schedule and a consistent structure,” Dorsey, who’s reported to be on an 18-hour work schedule, said during Square’s quarterly-earnings call on Wednesday. “It’s been working out really well.”

Dorsey said that he spends four hours every Monday at each company, meeting both leadership teams to make sure everything is under control. He said that most of his work is focused on reviewing the product teams and recruiting, which means that he may be doing less day-to-day operational work. He also has follow-up meetings on Wednesdays and Fridays to check up on their weekly progress, he said.

Most importantly, Dorsey stressed that the proximity of the two companies’ offices in downtown San Francisco is really what makes this happen because it allows him to be at each office every day.

“As a reminder, both companies are across the street from each other, so that allows me to be at both companies every single day and be present,” Dorsey said.

And it doesn’t seem to be affecting Square’s performance, either. The payments company reported $374 million in revenue for the quarter, up 49% year-over-year. Gross payment volume, the total dollar amount of transactions Square processes, was up 47% to $10.2 billion.

That was enough to drive Square shares up 2.5% in after-hour trading.

Twitter shares remain about 66% below their 52-week high, amid ongoing concerns about its stalled user growth. But the stock has recovered some lost ground and is up more than 20% over the past three weeks.

Dorsey still has a lot of work to do to win over Wall Street about the prospects of his companies, but for the moment he seems to be balancing the two CEO jobs without any major hiccups.

“I’m always connected to both leadership teams,” Dorsey said.