Jim McKelvey

Co-Founder of Square and Founder of LaunchCode

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 credit card. That moment launched the idea behind Square, one of the most recent tech IPOs and a 2013 Inc “Most Audacious Company.” Jim is also an economics major, computer scientist and Missouri native. Even before Square, he was well known for sharing what he learns. (He wrote his first textbook before he was 20.)

Jim also founded Launchcode, a jobs program now in six cities, to credentialize new programmers and help them get great jobs without the four year hassle. He also pointed out that even some good name colleges have programming degrees that aren’t practical or tactical enough to add value in the real world.