Named one of Inc. Magazine´s "15 entrepreneurs to watch"
Jim McKelvey is the co-founder of Square, a mobile payment platform that changed the world. A revolutionary service that allows anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square is based on hardware, created by McKelvey and Jack Dorsey, that connects to mobile devices, making it possible to make card payments anywhere through them.
So far, the Square company has built a business of over 2,500 employees and is currently valued at $30B.
After founding Square, Jim McKelvey created LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization, which makes it possible for anyone to learn to code and get a full-time job in less than six months, for free. LaunchCode is an open model that can be freely copied by anyone and aims to solve the global shortage of programmers.
Likewise, Jim Mckelvey is co-founder (with Peter Thiel) and CEO of Invisibly, a company that tries to build a future in which people can be in control of their data and their attention is not manipulated or directed. A system whose design puts people first and sets a new ethical and efficient benchmark for every company in the big data space.
His book, “The Innovation Stack” is an exciting business narrative that is much bigger than the Square story. It is a first-person look into the world of entrepreneurship and a call to action for all of us to find the entrepreneur within ourselves and identify and fix unresolved issues.
On the other hand, Jim McKelvey is recognized in some circles as an author and master glass artist. His work “The Art of Fire” is the most widely read text in the world on this subject. His industrial design work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
His glass studio, Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis, is one of the leading centers of glassblowing arts in the United States.
In his talks, Jim McKelvey combines his energy and his experience working with diverse executives and companies to offer all audience members real solutions to real business problems. The main theme of it is the future of mobile payments, online advertising and strategic thinking around innovation.