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Jim McKelvey



Jim McKelvey is an inventor, entrepreneur, pilot and artist.  With a strong belief that nothing is impossible and that problems are beautiful things, McKelvey tackles the world’s biggest challenges with breakthrough ideas, all driven by his personal motto: “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”

While best known for co-founding the mobile payments company Square, McKelvey is also a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely-read text on the subject, The Art of Fire. He is the founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, one of the nation’s main centers of glass blowing arts and several other companies.  His designs have been featured in both the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.

In 2013, McKelvey founded the nonprofit LaunchCode Foundation to address the worldwide shortage of programmers. 

He is a director of the 8th District Federal Reserve Bank and consults frequently on economic matters. 

His new project, Invisibly, is addressing the world's need for quality content.