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Jim McKelvey

Co-founder, Square

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Jim McKelvey
Jim McKelvey

Jim McKelvey is best known for co-founding Square, the mobile payment system, but his entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond inventing new technology. He is also a master glass artist with designs exhibited in both the Smithsonian and Museum of Modern Art. McKelvey co-founded Square in 2009 with Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, to enable small businesses to run their storefronts on a mobile device. Square has since grown to more than 2,500 employees and a $10 billion valuation. McKelvey's other endeavors include LaunchCode, a non-profit creating a pathway for people seeking careers in technology. In 2017, McKelvey was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. He is now building a new business model for content creators to preserve journalism and creative work.