Episode 46: Chris Massey - Square

We have another great interview today. 

We talk to Chris Massey, the Head of Government Relations & Public Policy at Square. Square is best known for its mobile payment app. It gives every entrepreneur and small business an easy and cost-effective way to receive payments from customers. 

Square was founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey. Dorsey is also the co-founder and CEO of Twitter. 

Chris had some great insights- one in particular - suggesting that regulators work with in tandem with VC folks to anticipate and solve future problems. 

For all of the contract lobbyists out there - pay attention. Chris was just a consultant; which he was good at and really enjoyed. And then, Lyft came along. Chris loved the company. It matched his mission - he had a passion for innovation, helping people, and technology. So, Chris closed down his business and joined Lyft full time. 

Chris tells us about his life - he was born and raised in the L.A. area. His great grandfather was the first African American Captain in the L.A. Police Department. His grandfather was the first African American California Highway Patrolman - and the only African American state trooper in California for 14 years, starting in 1941. He talks about the incredible obstacles these men overcame. 

Chris attended UCLA, where he played golf.  After college, he worked for Sen. Kennedy, But he missed L.A. So, he headed West to go back home and landed at Cerrell Associates - yet another guest who worked at Cerrell! 

After leaving Cerrell, Chris became Deputy Chief of Staff for Janice Hahn, who was a member of the Los Angeles City Council.  From there he was on his way to an exciting career in Government Relations.

Chris is very interesting - very smart. Great interview.

James Woulfe