Dorsey says that he is less interested in individual poems than in “getting something down to its essence, the economy of words.”
When he was a teenager, Dorsey told me, he read a book about tea ceremonies and was impressed by the Japanese precept of wabi-sabi, which holds that the greatest beauty comes from organization with a dash of disorder. “The monks rake up leaves, then they sprinkle a few leaves back,” he explained.
Dorsey had reservations for dinner that evening at Zuni, an organic café on Market Street. He has a weekly restaurant schedule: “Zuni on Tuesday, Aziza on Monday, 54 Mint on Wednesday. Thursday, Tiburon. Friday, I don’t go anywhere.” This habit, naturally, had a theory behind it. “There’s an approach of going really deep or going really broad. I’m always looking for the one thing for me, rather than tasting everything I can. If you have a table in a consistent space, you can actually notice more things within it.”
At night, Dorsey began experimenting again with coding, rediscovering “the purity of making cool little things.”
Dorsey’s urge to keep track of what other people were doing had become a communications revolution. “One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters,” he tweeted, a month before South by Southwest. It was a grandiose proclamation, but one of the surprising things about Twitter was that so many worthwhile things could be said so tersely. Maybe they were even better said that way. Enforced brevity was the ultimate editor.
Bits of philosophy and process from The New Yorker’s profile on Jack Dorsey. These points resonated with me.
One of things Jen has proven with this project is she loves making stuff. At 42floors we actually look for this quality specifically when we’re hiring. The best people we hire, regardless of what position, are relentlessly making things – at work, in their spare time, side projects, it doesn’t matter. Jen didn’t make something that had some specific goal of making money or enhancing her career. But I would bet any amount of money that this project will help her accomplish both. She is getting flooded with people that are trying to hire her right now (You should recruit her too!). This world is always craving for people who make stuff.
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