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Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, the James Franco of technology, is one of the busiest guys in tech

June 1, 2011 |  5:04 pm

Dorsey Jack Dorsey has two of the most important jobs in the technology industry.

He's the co-founder and chief executive of mobile payments company Square. And he's the co-founder, chairman and chief product guru at popular online service Twitter.

"They are both changing the world in different but very dramatic ways," Dorsey said during an onstage interview at the All Things D technology conference Wednesday.

All Things Digital's Kara Swisher calls Dorsey the "James Franco" of the technology industry.

 Dorsey, who lives next door to his office at Square and a short walk from Twitter, spends eight to 10 hours a day at each job.

"I go back and forth," he said. He concedes that doesn't leave him much time for anything else, not even sleep.

Dorsey said both companies are at "just the beginning." Square aims to make payments "joyous" by removing all the hassles from handing over a credit card to signing a piece of  paper to getting a receipt. Twitter aims to spread communication faster and farther by making its service easier to use and building new features. Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo announced two new features earlier Wednesday.

Despite heightened interest in Twitter and overtures from Facebook and Google, Dorsey said Twitter  would remain an independent company.

"I see it as an independent company. It is a global phenomenon. It's a phenomenon as a business as well," Dorsey said.

As for the timing of an initial public offering of stock? "We're focused on building the product. We're focused on building the business," he said.

Just like Twitter, going public is something that will happen in "real time."

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Square and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Credit: Asa Mathat / All Things Digital

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