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Jim McKelvey      

Co-Founder of Square, Serial Entrepreneur, Inventor, Philanthropist & Artist

Jim McKelvey is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist, artist, and author of "The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time." He is the co-founder of Square, was chairman of its board until 2010, and still serves on the Board of Directors. In 2011, his iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art.

McKelvey also founded Invisibly, a project to rewire the economics of online content; LaunchCode, a non-profit that trains people to work in technology; and Third Degree Glass Factory, a publicly accessible glass art studio & education center in St. Louis.

In 2017, he was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Speech Topics

Motivation & Innovation

Achieving Goals

Strategic Thinking

The Future of Mobile Payments


A Terrifying Public Speaking Moment Taught the Co-Founder of ...
Jim McKelvey advises aspirational entrepreneurs to listen to the stories of accomplished people with a healthy dose of skepticism. Listen and learn, to be sure, ...
Why Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey Says Be Wary of Advice ...
Square co-founder Jim McKelvey is also a glassblowing artist who got frustrated when he couldn't sell one of his signature glass faucets to a customer with a ...
Q&A with Jim McKelvey: LaunchCode 'just flat-out life-changing ...
Serial entrepreneur Jim McKelvey likes solving problems. And as the founder of LaunchCode, he has tackled a massive one: the nationwide shortage of ...

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