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Jack Dorsey in Canada: Fireside Chats Versus Keynote Speaker Presentations #AccelerateTO



Yesterday, AccelerateTO presented Mike Serbinis, founder of Kobo, and Jack Dorsey, founder of Square/Twitter. Both speakers came to the event and presented in a fireside chat style conversation, where the host talks to them in what’s supposed to be a casual and frank manner, with the goal of getting more of a personal, insider’s view into the guest’s mind. This sort of discussion is sometimes really well done, and will often press the speaker to talk about things they might be otherwise uncomfortable with. Sometimes this isn’t the case, and you can tell that the interviewer is just taking it as an opportunity to be buddy-buddy with the speaker. In this case it was Chris Albinson talking to Jack Dorsey about everything we’ve already read about a million times.
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Payfirma Launches Virtual Credit Card Point of Sale App


Mobile point of sale solutions are making some great headway these days, especially since Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey started Square and raised over $100 million. The latest BlackBerry solution is by Payfirma, and it offers some reasonable rates. Keep reading after the jump for more details.
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Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Was Inspired by RIM 850 Pager


BlackBerry 850 Pager

Twitter has become an integral part of the BlackBerry experience. With a RIM-developed Twitter client and a close-working relationship, the two companies have a close-knit relationship. Apparently, Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, was inspired to create Twitter while using the RIM 850 Pager. According to Dorsey:

“I loved seeing at a glance my friends status updates. But I also really appreciated at the same time the dispatch aspect, where you’re out in the world doing something away from the keyboard and IM did not allow that,” said Dorsey. “I had a RIM pager, the 850, the first email device. I programed a system where I could fire off an email from that and set my status from anywhere. And it worked! And I was able to also at a regular interval pull my buddy list and get those updates sent to my email address. It was awesome! But the number of people who had those mobile devices was so minimal that the timing was just not right. This was 2001.”

The concept of automatic status updates is interesting and it’s lost on a lot of modern services. Consider the “check-in fatigue” that foursquare users experience. An automatic status update or check-in, is way ahead of its time and much needed for social networks that require manual input.

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ROAMpay Brings Square Style Mobile Payments to BlackBerry



Twitter co-Founder Jack Dorsey’s new venture Square has been generating a lot of buzz but the payment system isn’t available for BlackBerry. ROAMpay looks like a similar service, with a dongle that attaches to the headphone jack and allows you to accept credit card payments to your BlackBerry. ROAMpay allows you to:
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