Jim McKelvey is a dynamic public speaker who combines his energy with his practical experience working with executives and various companies. In his speeches, Jim discusses how market demand is the driving force of innovation and how great entrepreneurs and innovators recognize a need and react, creating the companies that consumers embrace. He was named one of Inc. Magazine’s “15 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015”.
- Innovation & Creativity – Upcoming
- Building a Billion Dollar Business
- The LaunchCode – New Ways in Education
- Payments, Mobile and the Future of Money
- Seeing Around Corners – Location, Mobility and the Future of Retail
- Connecting Science and Arts with
the Business World
What he offers
How he presents
Jim’s high-energy style and power-packed presentations have built his reputation as a speaker who really delivers. He has been known to change presentations on the fly based on audience feedback and to welcome interruptions during his talks.
Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur, inventor and artist widely known, together with Jack Dorsey as the co-founder of Square, a new mobile payment platform. The revolutionary service enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square has now more than 600 employees and is now valued at $6 billion.
His latest venture is LaunchCode, which he founded to remedy a problem he saw in a lack of IT talent growth, bringing together employers with potential employees through a radically different business model. He has also founded SixThirty, a financial services tech start up accelerator and Mira, a digital publishing company.
Jim serves as his own patron of the arts, using proceeds from his successful commercial enterprises to fund his passion – glassblowing. For 20 years, he has worked to capture the magic of glass in his art. As Chairman of the world’s largest gathering of glass artists in 2006, he strove to surprise and challenge other artists with his innovative glass faucets.
- The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing (2006)
“Jim delivered a keynote which set the tone very well, he also shared about upcoming technologies and trends for every industry to consider.”
“Jim’s keynote content was great and was very well prepared, crisp and clear and delivery was smooth.”
Presentation Languages: English