About Jim McKelvey
Jim McKelvey is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur, and is most widely known as the co-founder, along with Jack Dorsey, of Square. This is a revolutionary new mobile payment platform which enables anyone with a mobile device to accept credit cards anywhere.
The idea was borne out of Jim’s glass blowing company and the lack of being able to accept credit or debit card payments. Jim began blowing glass as a teenager, wrote an instructional textbook and ended up with his company – Third Degree Glass Factory – hosting a global glass conference. The demand for Jim’s work, which was not originally for sale, was so great Jim moved onto forming another company called Glass Faucet, to sell them.
Jim’s latest ground-breaking initiative is LaunchCode, which he created to remedy a problem he saw in a lack of IT talent growth. In addition to this he is Managing Director of another venture, SixThirty which hooks up financial technology companies with not only mentoring and money, but access to the ecosystem of financial institutions. Most recently Jim has been appointed Special Advisor to Green Visor Capital.
"Any problem can be solved with enough resolve and the right people. Even if a problem was too big yesterday, everything is changing all the time and new tools are available every day to take on even the most complex problems."− Jim McKelvey