DiscoverupsideRepublic // helping anyone invest in private companies [CC081]
Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies  [CC081]

Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies [CC081]

Update: 2021-09-01
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Interview Begins 8:02

Debrief 50:00


Kendrick (Ken) Nguyen is the co-founder and CEO of Republic.


Republic empowers everyone to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to startups, real estate, crypto, and video game investments. Focused on creating a diverse, sustainable, connected world, Republic has facilitated over $600 million in investments from over one million global community members.


Previously, Ken was the General Counsel for Angel List from 2014-2016.

We discuss:


  • Ken on AngelList as Non-Engineer Role 8:52

  • AngelList Syndicates 10:00

  • JOBS Act 12:57

  • Republic's Launch Timing 18:01

  • Republic's Mission 22:04

  • Republic's Business Model 24:51

  • Equity Crowdfunding 29:10

  • Focusing on the Product Experience 32:31

  • ROI in Crowdfunding 35:35

  • Upside from Retail Deals 42:47

  • Arbitrary Cap 43:58


Republic was founded in 2016 in New York City, New York.


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Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies  [CC081]

Republic // helping anyone invest in private companies [CC081]

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