Disruptors for GOOD | Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises

In episode 201 of the Disruptors for Good podcast, I speak with Kendrick Nguyen, co-founder of Republic, on building the financial infrastructure to create equal access to assets for everyone.

Kendrick Nguyen is the Co-founder and CEO of Republic, a pioneering platform dedicated to democratizing investing and making it universally accessible. Under his leadership, Republic has emerged as an innovative force in the investment sector, boasting a community of over 2.5 million members worldwide, supporting over 2,000 ventures and deployed over $2 billion in investments.

Kendrick's entrepreneurial spirit has also led him to co-found two fintech startups and offer strategic advice to numerous investment funds, startups, and blockchain initiatives. His professional journey spans from business management and product strategy to investing, with significant roles in both New York City and Silicon Valley, notably at AngelList.

Before embarking on his entrepreneurial path, Kendrick started his career as a litigator and served as a Stanford Law Fellow, experiences that laid the groundwork for his legal expertise. Today, he continues to leverage this expertise through a semi-active pro bono practice, demonstrating his commitment to giving back to the community.

At the heart of Kendrick's work with Republic is a mission to enable everyone to invest in the future they envision, fostering a world that is diverse, sustainable, and interconnected. Through his dedication and innovative approach, Kendrick Nguyen is not just leading an investment platform; he is shaping the future of accessible investment opportunities for individuals around the globe.

  • Republic's mission is to provide equal access to financial opportunities for everyone.
  • Equity crowdfunding allows individuals to invest in private securities and share in the success of companies.
  • Expanding a startup globally comes with regulatory challenges that vary in each country.
  • The rise of crypto has the potential to transform the financial industry and increase liquidity.
  • Leadership requires a positive mindset, resilience, and gratitude for the opportunities ahead.
  • Republic aims to become a global platform for ownership, allowing individuals to invest in companies they care about.

Following the editing process, there may be discrepancies in the timing of the chapters.

00:00 Introduction and Mission of Republic
03:01 The Catalyst for Starting Republic
05:19 Understanding Equity Crowdfunding
08:01 Expanding Republic Globally
12:38 Explaining the Breadth of Republic's Offerings
16:05 Challenges of Growing a Startup Globally
19:43 The Rise of Crypto and its Impact on Republic
24:59 Current Hurdles and Goals for Republic
28:13 Leadership Advice for Founders
32:29 Future Goals and Successes for Republic

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What is Disruptors for GOOD | Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises?

Disruptors for GOOD explores social entrepreneurship and social enterprises around the world who have dedicated their lives to ethical fashion, impact investing, climate change, sustainable travel, and businesses that impact the world in a positive way. The founder of Causeartist, Grant Trahant, does one-on-one interviews with some of the most creative and impactful startups and brands around the world.