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Square History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Square?

Square was founded by Jim McKelvey and Jack Dorsey.

When did the first design and development efforts start at Square?

Square started its first design and development efforts in February 2009.

When was Square incorporated?

Square was incorporated as Square Inc. in June 2009.

When did Square purchase its domain names?

Square purchased the squareup.com domain name in August 2009 and the square.com domain name in November 2013.

When did Square unveil its first product/service?

Square launched in closed beta in December 2009 and commercially in May 2010.

How much venture capital did Square raise?

Square raised about $600 M USD in several rounds of funding.

When did Square go public?

Square started trading on the NYSE in November 2015.

Where was Square headquartered?

Square was/is headquartered in San Francisco, USA.

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What happened during the year 1 of Square?


Month 0

Month 1

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What was the version 1 of Square's first product like?

APR 2009

What are some of the pre-IPO stats for Square?

2009 to 2012

2013 to 2015

What were some of the extra materials about Square?

Jack Dorsey's Square In Action

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, the idea for Square

Jack Dorsey, show investors a working product

Jack Dorsey: Marketing by Surfacing the Product

Jack Dorsey, payment is a form of communication

Jack Dorsey: One Startup With Many Startups Inside

Form S-1.pdf

Form S-1