20 Things About Jack Dorsey

Asa Mathat | AllThingsD.com

When we asked Jack Dorsey to be the inaugural subject of our new feature, “Ten Things About Me,” we figured he’d be game. But he went all out, and answered 20 of the 25 questions we sent him to choose from — after all, he is the James Franco of the Internet. With Cheez-Its.

What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
I didn’t watch much TV, I preferred reading fiction. So much so that my parents would yell at me for bringing my books everywhere (even to St. Louis Cardinals football games, much to my father’s dismay).

What qualities do you like in a person?
Curiosity, cleverness and confidence.

What qualities do you dislike?
Lack of those three.

Name one thing you will regret never having done (if you never do it).
Sail around the world.

What’s the single most important issue in the world today?
The increasing gap between poverty and wealth.

What would you be doing if you were not in your current job?
Walking around India with my sketchbook.

What is your greatest achievement to date?
Building a company of people who love their work.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
I had the first RIM device, an email pager, the RIM 850. I was on Blackberry until the iPhone arrived.

If you could meet any historical or fictional person, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln and Virginia Woolf.

What site/app do you check first when you wake up?

What was the last thing you fixed?
I don’t believe anything is ever truly “fixed”; I’d rather be in a constant state of editing.

What was your first computer?
A 1984 Macintosh and IBM PCjr.

What was your biggest mistake?
Too many to name! I’ve learned from most of them.

Do you have a dog or cat or other pet?

What’s your favorite mode of transportation?

What was the last book you read?
“Born to Run.”

Name your favorite guilty pleasure.

What do you drive/ride?
The public bus (SF Muni).

Who was your biggest influence growing up?
My Aunt Sandy. She’s extremely clever, confident, grounded, and a great storyteller.

Describe an ideal day.
Waking up early, going for a run, working with a small team on the details of a big idea, dinner with friends and coworkers followed by a late walk home to sleep.

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