Jim McKelvey Featured on CNN

The co-founder of Square was praised as "a renaissance man."

Jim McKelvey has come a long way since he graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1983.

He may be most well-known in the business world as the co-founder of Square, the mobile payments company, but is also the co-founder of the Third Degree Glass Factory, and sits on the board of directors for Lockerdome,  social networking website for athletes.

A CNN crew for Dr. Sanjay Gupta's program, "The Next List" followed McKelvey recently.

The show according to its website, profiles "innovators, visionaries and agents of change. They’re not household names just yet, but they’re movers and shakers in their own worlds. We’re introducing them to you because these individuals are steadily mapping the course to the future with their new ideas."

McKelvey has put energies into trying to boost St. Louis. During an event at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center over the summer, he bemoaned the fact that some of the brightest tech minds here have not been able to stay here, including for his own company, Square.

He said at the time that the region's growing life science sector could help reverse that trend. But as the CNN piece shows and McKelvey reiterated at the Danforth event, he's a man of action who tires of just talking about making a difference. 

The full CNN profile was supposed to have aired Sunday, but was pre-empted due to the network's coverage of the Newtown school shooting tragedy. We'll let you know if and when the full profile is rescheduled.


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