Billionaire Jim McKelvey founder of Square reveals the new problem he’s solving

LA's Foremost Success Coach, Tony Maree Torrey interviews Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square on Legacy in the Making Show podcast. Jim reveals, the new unsolved problem he's turning his brilliance towards. When solved, it will interrupt the cycle of poverty for young families worldwide.


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LA’s Foremost Success Coach, Tony Maree Torrey talks with Jim McKelvey, glassblower turned co-founder of Square and Author of the Innovation Stack, on Legacy in the Making Show podcast.

Jim & co-founder Jack Dorsey (Twitter founder) built the only start-up to withstand Amazon launching a similar product, marketing it aggressively, and undercutting on price. Jim is uniquely positioned to advise leaders on how to find the right problems to solve and withstand the rigors of going first.

In this lively discussion Jim reveals, what happened to Bob the homeless glassblower who inspired much of Square’s development, why Herb Kelleher CEO of Southwest Airlines hated the first version of Jim’s book and the new unsolved problem that Jim is turning his brilliance towards. When solved, it will interrupt the cycle of poverty for young families worldwide.

“One of the advantages that is happening right now, is that because the world is in such chaos, because we’ve got so few things that work like they used to, our brains become way more receptive to new ideas. And if you’re in the new idea business, if you have this new cool thing, now is a fantastic time to get people to notice it.” – Jim McKelvey

Jim is way smart and super funny which makes this a great interview!

THE LEGACY IN THE MAKING SHOW: Lead with Wisdom, Prosper through Passion – believes we can change the world through how we do business.

The podcast focuses on founding CEOs, thought leaders and high achievers who create transformative results in their own business cultures, local economies and on a global scale. We dive into the stories behind their success to give practical, real world insights that other pace setters can apply to their own journey. This dialogue raises the bar on business leadership. It answers the question:

“How do we lead with wisdom, transform limitations into strengths and prosper, while creating a positive impact?”

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For 18 years, Tony Maree Torrey has been hired by Founding CEOs and high achievers who want to make a difference for themselves and the future. Her clients have generated multiple 6, 7 and 8 figures, written best selling books, fast tracked or turned around businesses, landed TV and movie roles…all while being in alignment with their greater sense of purpose and contribution.

Australian born, she arrived in the US in 1989 with nothing but a backpack. After climbing the corporate ladder to lead global teams she turned to business coaching.

Her work took on a deeper meaning when her parents unexpectedly passed away 2 hours apart. Her inner guidance prompted her to drop everything and jump on a plane home to Australia. She landed just 36 hours beforehand and with enough time to say their goodbyes.

Tony Maree realized that if it weren’t for the skills she’d developed over the years to hone her instincts, she would have missed out on being present for one of life’s truly critical turning points.

She saw how many of her clients were missing this piece of life’s equation. Now she’s shifted her coaching to address this gap and her clients learn to tap into instincts that catapult them to their next level of visibility, profitability, impact and fulfillment.


JAMES McKELVEY is a serial entrepreneur, inventor, philanthropist and artist. He is the cofounder of Square, was chairman of its board until 2010, and still serves on the Board of Directors. In 2011, his iconic card reader design was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2016, McKelvey founded Invisibly, an ambitious project to rewire the economics of online content. In 2017, he was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

His book the Innovation Stack is a thrilling business narrative that’s much bigger than the story of Square. It is an irreverent first-person look inside the world of entrepreneurship, and a call to action for all of us to find the entrepreneur within ourselves and identify and fix unsolved problems-one crazy idea at a time.

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