Haute 100 SF Update – Jack Dorsey Brings Small Business Talk to Harlem

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Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and founder/CEO of mobile payments processor Square, brought his business advice to the heart of urban America at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on Tuesday December 17th as part of Square’s nationwide “Let’s Talk” Series. The 37-year-old billionaire chose Harlem as the first New York stop for his tour of town hall-style meetings.

Organizers say the goal of the traveling series, which has already visited Detroit, New Orleans and St. Louis, among other cities, is to bring small businesses together to create a climate of collaboration. Dorsey says his Bay Area companies have benefited from being able to run ideas by other companies and to see what has worked for them. “There is a real culture of mentorship and a great sharing of information,” Dorsey told DNAInfo New York. Small businesses help make up the “fabric of the neighborhood” but need to collect the right data to help understand how their business fits into the neighborhood and how to improve it.

“There is an electricity in Harlem especially around merchants who helped to stabilize the neighborhood,” said Dorsey, who added he visited Red Rooster just a few months ago. “We believe it’s our responsibility to not just build services and software but to make sure there is a venue for conversations.”

[Sources: NY Daily News; DNAinfo New York]

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