Recruit Rockstars 359: From Blowing Glass to Square Co-Founder & Billionaire

Jim McKelvey had trouble selling a $2,000 art piece from his glassblowing studio.

So (what else?) he co-founded the now-legendary payments firm Square with Jack Dorsey.

Jim remains on Square’s board and has started a new company, Invisibly, which powers micropayments for journalism & publishing.

He also sits on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (the only time he ever wears a tie) and started the nonprofit LaunchCode to teach people how to program.

This year, Jim published the terrific book “The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time” which details Square’s battle against Amazon to create a better payments system.

In this 20-minute conversation, Jim shares how he scaled the early team at the hypergrowth company Square and how you can do the same.