7 Books on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Reading List

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Known for co-founding arguably the world’s favorite app, Jack Dorsey has an extensive reading list that he’s often tweeted about for fans. Aside from Twitter, the billionaire has been at the forefront of several successful companies including Square and Caviar. Like several other techies, Dorsey started writing code during his teenage years and never finished college. The Twitter CEO also has an unusually interesting lifestyle. He eats one meal a day, takes ice baths regularly, dates models, and is obsessed with bitcoin. Someone with such a compelling lifestyle is bound to have an even more intriguing reading list. Luckily, we’ve got it covered for you.  

1. 'The Score Takes Care of Itself' by Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh


This popular book was released posthumously by the late Bill Walsh, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-1988. With help from Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh, this novel explores Walsh’s guide to leadership and how to impact others through a series of interviews. You don’t have to be a football fan to reap the benefits of the advice and work ethic of Coach Walsh who took the 49ers from laughing stock to Super Bowl winners. Dorsey is known for regularly recommending this book to entrepreneurs around Silicon Valley.

Grab this from Amazon for $13.

2. 'The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali' by Edwin F. Bryant

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This book can be spotted in the Square Library. As someone who loves to stay fit and maintain a healthy physical body, it’s no surprise that Dorsey has a love for yoga. This Hindu guide teaches readers how to perform certain movies and use them to connect spiritually. 

Grab this from Amazon for $14.38.

3. 'The Checklist Manifesto' by Atul Gawande

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The Checklist Manifesto is a phenomenal book by surgeon and writer, Atul Gawande. The text preaches that success and safety are the results of making a checklist before completing a complex task and that it’s easy to make mindless mistakes when relying only on memory. This book came to life when Gawande and his team developed a safe surgery checklist that gained popularity in medical centers all around the world. Dorsey gifts all Square employees with a copy on their first day.

Grab this from Amazon for $12.

4. 'Tao Te Ching' by Lao Tzu

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Originally published in Chinese, Tao Te Ching is a collection of 81 poems that reflect on Tao, the natural order of the universe. The title translates very roughly as "the way of integrity." Themes include self-mastery, humility, goodness, and integrity. In the Product Hunt Q&A, Dorsey stated this book was a gift from a friend and became his most prized possession.

Grab this from Amazon for $9.63.

5. 'The Four Agreements' by Don Miguel Ruiz

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The Four Agreements is a guide to inner peace and ridding yourself of thoughts that provoke sadness and suffering. This ancient Mexican book is extremely popular and has sold over 7.4 million copies in the US and has been a New York Times bestseller for over a decade. Any CEO, or entrepreneur, could benefit from a guide that stresses seeking freedom, happiness, and love.

Grab this from Amazon for $5.89.

6. 'Between the World and Me' by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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You probably recognize the cover art of Between the World and Me because it can be found on the best-seller table of pretty much any bookstore. Written for modern day America, Ta-Nehisi Coates records what it’s like to be a Black man during the present day. The book is framed as a letter to his son and gives insight on the steps of growing from a boy to a man. Written as both a memoir and content for journalism, Between the World and Me doesn’t sugarcoat the cons of modern American life.

Grab this from Amazon for $12.23.

7. 'The Old Man and the Sea' by Ernest Hemingway


Who hasn’t read The Old Man and the Sea? This short, classic novel follows an old fisherman spending his day catching a marlin. The message can be easily lost in translation but explores what motivates people and the forces that result in our happiness. The main character endures struggle and hardship during his challenge to cast a large fish, bringing light to a larger message: wins form from perseverance.

Grab this from Amazon for $10.39.

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