Backed by expertise from Twitter startup veteran Jack Dorsey, Square was launched in February 2009 to create a simple platform for payments using mobile technology.
What forces are driving movement to mobile payments? What will it disrupt? Where is it headed? And what does it take to launch a company with huge viral appeal? Don't miss this revealing conversation with the pioneer in this space.
Jack Dorsey is a software architect and businessperson best known as the creator and chairman of Twitter. Dorsey is also the CEO of Square. MIT's Technology Review named him (in the Technology Review 35(TR35)) as an outstanding innovator under the age of 35.
Matt Marshall is the editor and CEO of VentureBeat, which he founded in 2006. He covered the venture capital and startup beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. Marshall significantly expanded the newspapers coverage of venture capital and startups during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.
Marshall was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Marshall, against California's public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in, arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments.
Marshall was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, The Bank: the Birth of Europe's Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power. He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Marshal is also the executive producer of DEMO.
Marshall has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Jack Dorsey discusses the lessons he took from his experience launching the massively successful microblogging network Twitter to his latest venture, Square. In addition to issues like stability, Dorsey explains that Twitter taught him the importance of transparency -- both with customers and within the company.