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St. Louis, Missouri, United States
|Residence||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Washington University in St. Louis|
|Occupation||Director of Square, Inc., Mira, Inc., LockerDome, Calpian, Inc., Entrepreneur|
James Morgan (Jim) McKelvey Jr. was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and is a Distinguished Alumnus of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He wrote and published a Handbook on UCSD and Apple Pascal. After graduation from Washington University in St. Louis, McKelvey worked at IBM's Los Angeles Scientific Center and was simultaneously a glassblowing instructor and founder of Disconcepts, a CD cabinet manufacturing company.
Third Degree Glass Factory
In 2009, McKelvey co-founded Square with Jack Dorsey. McKelvey designed the hardware used by Square in 2009 and served as the company’s chairman until 2010. In 2011, McKelvey's iconic card reader design was inducted into the Museum of Modern Art. Today, McKelvey sits on the Board of Directors at Square.
In 2012, McKelvey teamed with St. Louis-based serial entrepreneurs Brian Matthews, Clifford Holekamp, Peter Esparrago and Rick Holton to found Cultivation Capital. Their venture capital firm manages three funds: an early stage tech fund, an early stage life sciences fund, and a series A growth fund.
In May 2016, McKelvey joined the Board of Directors of MoneyOnMobile,Inc., which offers mobile money solutions through its Indian subsidiary MoneyOnMobile. This venture enables people in India to pay for goods and services and transfer money to other persons via their mobile phones.
The Federal Reserve
In January 2017, McKelvey was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.
In September 2013, McKelvey co-founded LaunchCode, a non-profit organization that aims to grow new talent and create pathways to on-the-job training and employment. LaunchCode partners with companies to set up paid apprenticeships in technology for talented people who lack the traditional credentials to land a quality, high-paying job. In 2014, LaunchCode was named "The Best Thing to Happen to St. Louis" by the St. Louis Riverfront Times.
In 2016, McKelvey donated $15M to the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science to build a new computer science and engineering building named after his father. In 2019, Washington University's engineering school was renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering after receiving the largest donation in the school's history from McKelvey.
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