In The Exchange with KB, host Kirill Bensonoff continues his series of interviews with today’s top innovation and tech people-to-know in business with expertise from blockchain to AI. In this latest episode Bensonoff talks to Kendrick Nguyen, CEO and co-founder of Republic on early-stage investments, getting started in law, the road to security regulation and achieving the American dream.
Kendrick Nguyen is the CEO and co-founder of Republic, an investment platform that provides both accredited and non-accredited investors around the world with access to curated startups and crypto projects. Republic counts AngelList as an institutional co-founder, and is backed by Binance Labs, Passport Capital, and other noted venture firms. Prior to Republic, Kendrick served as General Counsel and Venture Hacker at AngelList and, before that, as Fellow of Stanford Law School and the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University.
00:23 Introduction to Kendrick Nguyen
7:07 Goodwin Procter and further career background
13:34 Fear of failure
17:26 On launching startups
20:21 VC’s and the AngelList connection
26:27 Republic: the mission
33:26 Republic advantages
35:51 Blockchain innovation
37:01 Thoughts on SEC regulation
43:10 Improving the system
47:40 The investment gamble
50:14 Sharing borderless wealth
50:33 Who should use Republic?
52:27 Future insights
53:48 The American Dream