Timeline of Square
This is a timeline of Square, Inc., a payments company that was founded in February 2009 and became publicly traded in November 2015.
|Time period||Key developments at Tesla|
|2009–2012||Square raises over $300 million of cash through rounds ranging from Series A through Series D. It unveils Square Reader, Square Wallet, and Square Register. 2012, Square has over 400 employees and is processing over $8 billion in payments.|
|2012–2014||Square increases its number of employees from 300 to 600, and moves to a larger HQ. It expands beyond its original smartphone readers and payments software into other areas of commerce, like Square Stand and Square Market.|
|2015||Square IPOs, but its valuation is now down from $6 billion (in October 2014) to $2.9 billion. It still has yet to make a profit and has lost $420 million since 2012, but has decreased its losses in the 6 months leading up to its IPO.|
Numerical and visual data
The following table summarizes per-year mentions on Google Scholar as of October 28, 2021.
The comparative chart below shows Google Trends data for PayPal (Company), Square (Company), Venmo (Company) and Google Pay (Topic), from January 2004 to April 2021, when the screenshot was taken. Interest is also ranked by country and displayed on world map.
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details|
|2009||February||Company||Square is founded by Jack Dorsey on February 1, 2009. |
|2009||November||Funding||Square raises $10 million in a Series A round. |
|2009||December||Product||On December 1, Square unveils its website (squareup.com) for the first time.  The first device that Square launches, the Square Reader, allows people to easily accept physical credit card payments from their mobile phone, but without contracts or monthly fees. It is compatible with both iPhone and Android devices.|
|2010||November||Product||After ten months of a private pilot limited to just 50,000 users, Square opens its doors to the public. |
|2011||March||Product||VeriFone claims that Square is insecure and a "reasonably-skilled" programmer could use Square to skim a credit card and return its details. |
|2011||May||Product||On May 23, Square announces the release of two new apps, Square Card Case (later rebranded as Square Wallet) and Square Register. |
|2012||March||Competition||PayPal launches PayPal Here on March 15, a competitor for mobile payment. It has a small dongle that can be used to accept credit card payments. |
|2012||August||Product||Starbucks invests $25 million in Square and makes Square its exclusive processor of debit and credit card payments. |
|2012||September||Funding||Square closes $200 million in Series D financing. |
|2013||May||Product||On May 13, Square unveils Square Stand - which turns an Apple iPad into a more complete point of sale system.  |
|2013||May||Product||On May 20, Square announces Square Cash, which allows people to send money to their friends via email. |
|2013||June||Product||On June 26, Square launches Square Market, which allows sellers to create a free online storefront with online payment processing functionality. |
|2013||October||Company||Square moves out from its cramped office in the San Francisco Chronicle building and into new 150,000-square-foot digs in the SF Central Market district.  By now, it has 600 employees.|
|2014||March||Product||Square announces it will start allowing sellers to accept bitcoin on their own storefronts through Square Market. The seller will take no risk on bitcoin value fluctuations.|
|2014||May||Product||On May 12th, Square launches Square Order, which lets people order from nearby eateries, pay for it, and then get a ping when it is ready for collection. |
|2014||May||Product||Square launches Square Capital on May 28, which offers business financing to merchants using Square. |
|2014||July||Product||Square announces a card reader that accepts chip cards. It supports both traditional magnetic stripe card transactions as well as chip-and-signature transactions. |
|2014||August||Product||On August 4, Square acquires Caviar, a startup that delivers meals from high-end restaurants. |
|2014||August||Company||Square secures an investment from Victory Park Capital, an asset management firm, to extend "hundreds of millions of dollars" to small businesses via Square Capital.|
|2014||August||Competition||Amazon launches Local Register on August 13th, a competitor to Square with lower transaction rates.  Amazon later shuts down Local Register on October 30, 2015. |
|2015||March||Product||In March 2015, Square introduces Square Cash for businesses, which allows individuals to use a username to send/receive money. |
|2015||March||Product||Square shuts down Square Order.|
|2015||April||Product||Square launches Customer Engagement, a set of CRM tools that allows email marketing services. |
|2015||May||Funding||Square secures additional outside investments for Square Capital, with Victory Park Capital tripling its initial investment.|
|2015||June||Product||Square launches Square Payroll in California, a tool for small business owners to process payroll for their employees. |
|2015||June||Product||Apple announces that Square will release a new Square Reader that can accept Apple Pay and other contactless payments. |
|2015||September||Competition||on September 1, PayPal launches PayPal.me to compete with Square’s Cashtags. |
|2015||October||Funding||Square Inc. files an IPO to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares were priced at $9 on November 18, 2015, and on November 19, 2015 Square officially began trading. |
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