Influencers | episode 639

The Innovation Stack: Fireside Chat with Square Co-Founder Jim McKelvey

Jim McKelvey is a founder of Square, a financial services and digital payments company he co-founded with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and currently serves as a director of the organization. He began his career as an artist owning a glass blowing studio and founded a number of companies in software, book printing, roofing, and most recently a company called Invisibly which is focused on giving people control over their identities and data online. Jim also founded a nonprofit organization aimed at solving the national shortage of programmers. February 21, 2022

639: In this interview, Jim discusses the beginnings of his career and how his early experiences inspired the genesis of Square. He shares a couple of key strategies that he pursued to compete with large players like Amazon and how this led to the concept of his book, The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time. Finally, Jim gives an overview of Invisibly’s business, gives his perspective on the problems with the business model of existing platforms, and looks ahead at what the future holds for the company.

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This episode is sponsored by Cisco.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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