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Jim McKelvey

Founder of Mira, Co-Founder of Square & Third Degree and IT Speaker

Jim McKelvey is an engineer, entrepreneur, artist, and widely known together with Jack Dorsey as the co-founders of Square, a new mobile payment platform. A revolutionary service that enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. His other company Mira, started out as a software company. Eventually, Mira was refocused as a digital publishing company and provides online submission management and traditional print and electronic publishing services for more than 100 organisations from numerous disciplines.

"Jim McKelvey has altered the way money changes hands"

Jim McKelvey

In detail

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.

What he offers you

Jim McKelvey is a dynamic public speaker who combines his energy with his practical experience working with executives and various companies. His lectures on a range of topics from art to entrepreneurship are very popular. He provides audience member with real world solutions to real business challenges.

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.


He presents in English.

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  • Innovation and Creativity - Upcoming Technology Trends
  • Another Billion-Dollar Startup - Lessons from Square and Silicon Valley
  • 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


  • 2006
    The Art of Fire: Beginning Glassblowing


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