woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket
woman leaning against a brick wall in a white jacket

A note from our editor, Elizabeth MacBride:

Join us today, tomorrow and Friday for Challenges Met, Opportunities Ahead, our virtual event looking at the future of entrepreneurship and innovation, especially through the lens of what’s happening at universities. Among the headline events:

• A panel discussion, Reinventing Capitalism, sponsored by the Miller Center

• My interview today with Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square and founder of Invisibly

• Panels on structuring entrepreneurship programs at universities and how student ventures can get funding

• Why don’t universities teach “real” entrepreneurship – conversation with me and Seth Levine about our new book, The New Builders

• A no-holds-barred conversation with Dina Sherif of MIT’s Legatum
Center and Stacey Vanek Smith of NPR about what it’s like to climb a career ladder as a woman.

• We’ll announce this year’s list of the Top 20 University Entrepreneurship Competitions

Today, I’m talking to Jim McKelvey at 4 p.m. Eastern. We’re going to talk about his book The Innovation Stack and how and whether it applies to today’s entrepreneurs. I have a couple tough questions up my sleeve about the impact of Square. And we’ll focus on Invisibly, his cutting-edge effort to allow people to own and profit from their own data (shocking concept) as they consume content. A former artist and all-around renegade who’s open about what it feels like to be an entrepreneur, innovator and outsider – in a word, it’s scary – he has a lot to say to people who aim to solve problems.

McKelvey has also anchored new development in St. Louis, so we’ll talk about place, post-pandemic. Join us. And if you have a question for McKelvey, send it my way in the next few hours: emacbride@timesofe.com.

If you can’t make a particular event, your registration will give you access to the videos in the next few weeks.

This story and others on New Builders Dispatch are made possible by a sponsorship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that provides access to opportunities that help people achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity – regardless of race, gender, or geography. The Kansas City, Mo.-based foundation uses its grantmaking, research, programs, and initiatives to support the start and growth of new businesses, a more prepared workforce, and stronger communities. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org and connect with www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

A business journalist for 20 years, am the founder of Times of Entrepreneurship and the co-author of The New Builders.