Jack Dorsey on meditation, hip hop and his plans for Twitter

‘I look to build a lot of consistent routine. Same thing every day,’ Twitter CEO says

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Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter Inc. and Square Inc., took to tech site Product Hunt on Tuesday to answer techies’ burning questions, many of which revolved around Dorsey’s time management.

The most upvoted question, however, had to do with Twitter’s TWTR, -0.27%business. Chris Sacca, a venture capitalist and Twitter shareholder, asked which metrics — beyond monthly active users — Dorsey uses to assess the company’s “health and growth.”

“[W]hat I care about is building daily utility. It’s the first thing people check when they wake up because they want to see the world, and the first place to people go when they have something to say or want to have a conversation,” Dorsey wrote.

Investors have closely scrutinized Twitter’s stalled growth in monthly active users. In turn, Twitter has been rolling out new features to attract logged-out users. But the skepticism shows in Twitter’s share price, which has tumbled 16% in the past three months.

Others were curious about how Dorsey splits his time between Twitter and SquareSQ, -0.70% which went public in November.

“I look to build a lot of consistent routine. Same thing every day. Allows a steady state that enables me to be more effective when I do have to react to something out of band,” Dorsey wrote.

That routine begins with waking up at 5 a.m. every morning, meditating for 30 minutes, doing three sets of a seven-minute workouts and then making coffee before checking in for work, he wrote. He typically goes to sleep at 11 p.m.

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On the business side, he affirmed that his company is still looking for a chief marketing officer. Asked whether Twitter would become “developer friendly again” — Twitter has previously cut off access to the platform to outside developers — Dorsey said the company plans to “build more and repair the relationship.”

Twitter has been experimenting with the product’s format, adding features like the new Moments tab, which curates tweets around events or topics. Asked if Twitter would ever change tweets to be more than 140 characters, Dorsey wrote: “always looking for ways to enable people to be more expressive. Have to balance that with recency and the speed of Twitter. Always.”

Outside of work, Dorsey wrote that he’s a hip-hop fan and avid reader, and recommended “Tao te Ching,” a book on living life by the principles of Taoism. Otherwise, he said he relaxes by meditating, exercising and getting dinner with friends.

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