Season Two: Episode Three – A look at equity and crypto crowdfunding and Republic, an equity crowdfunding platform focused on diversity and mission-driven startups.  

Episode Description:  Julia Báez Valentín (Fordham Law ’19) and Soo Young Hong (Fordham Law ’19) interview Chuck Pettid (Fordham Gabelli School of Business, MBA, Finance ’06) on the crowdfunding platform Republic to discuss equity and crypto crowdfunding. They examine the safety, viability, and future of this relatively new approach to funding for startup companies. 

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“The most important thing to note is that with equity crowdfunding versus donation crowdfunding the companies have to comply with federal securities regulations.” — Soo Young Hong

“Regulation Crowdfunding enables companies to raise funds they previously lacked access to, and those funds are coming from everyday people that now have the ability to invest in startups.” — Julia Báez Valentín

“Crowdfunding should be a tool in every startup’s toolkit.” — Chuck Pettid

“It’s been our theme at Republic from the beginning – founders always need to put their best foot forward.” — Chuck Pettid

“Take crowdfunding seriously. It’s going to be around for a long time.” — Chuck Pettid

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