4:20 PM - 5:00 PM
Session Name

Riding the Waves of Economic Uncertainty
Speaker: Jim McKelvey, founder, Block (formerly Square) and Invisibly


In today’s economic environment, many entrepreneurs would agree that the best way to survive tighter economic times is to remain nimble and shore up cash. But being cautious doesn’t mean you can’t be bold.

Some of the best business ideas are born during periods of economic uncertainty. Case in point: When former glass blower Jim McKelvey started losing sales because he could not process credit card payments, he came up with the billion-dollar idea for Square. Contrary to what some financial forecasters will tell you, entrepreneurs can thrive in a bumpy, unpredictable economy. McKelvey sits down for a fireside chat to explain how.

Jim McKelvey