Jack Dorsey confirms reduced role at Twitter and renewed focus on Square


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Square CEO and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey wrote a Tumblr post Tuesday morning confirming that he has now taken a more limited role at Twitter after a short period working to define the company’s mission in 2011 under CEO Dick Costolo.

Dorsey returned to the company in March 2011 to help guide product development, arriving with Costolo after being forced out by co-founder Evan Williams back in 2008. Dorsey signaled his delight to return to Twitter, but an extensive profile of Costolo published in The New York Times this weekend reported that Dorsey has now scaled back that role, with fellow employees complaining he was difficult to work with.

Mr. Dorsey’s role has since been reduced after employees complained that he was difficult to work with and repeatedly changed his mind about product directions. He no longer has anyone directly reporting to him, although he is still involved in strategic decisions.

Dorsey confirmed that his role became more limited in January of this year and that he’s returned his attention to Square, although he made no mention of disagreements with co-workers:

In Spring of 2011, Dick asked me to take an operational role overseeing product, design, and brand. Our shared goal was to get those organizations back under him as soon as possible, simply because it was the right thing to do for the company. We moved all of my reports back under him in January of this year after leadership was firmly in place. This allowed me to focus on refining our brand and logo, to work more with Dick and the leadership team on our direction forward, and ultimately return the majority of my time to Square, where I’m CEO.

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