We don’t usually cover politics much here at Disrupt, but when Crypto billionaire and friend of the show, Brock Pierce told us he wanted to run for president, I knew we had to have him back on Disrupt for an interview. Brock is a venture capital mogul and cryptocurrency pioneer named “The Hippie King of Cryptocurrency” by Rolling Stone. Brock is a rather eccentric individual. Starting out as a child star in Television and movies, he has been featured in Stephen Herek’s The Mighty Ducks One and Two, as well as Little Big League, Ripper Man, and Three Wishes. Brock has been pioneering the crypto industry since his early days. Brock is centered in the heart of the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He plans on transforming the island into a “cryptopia”. With the rise of cryptocurrency in 2013, Brock Pierce founded venture capital firm Blockchain Capital (BCC), which reportedly raised $85 million in two venture funds by October 2017. As managing partner of the firm, Pierce announced a $50 million ICO. Brock was the co-founder of Block.one, a technology startup creating its own digital currency to sell tokens to the public. Block.one has created a digital currency called EOS. The ICO scaled to $700 million and was the largest initial coin offering in 2017. Pierce was titled one of the “top 20 wealthiest people in crypto” in the 2018 February issue of Forbes magazine with an estimated net worth between $700 million and $1.1 billion. “I plan of giving away more than everything I have, based on the market,” Pierce says to a room of local charity workers and investors to early crypto adopters in a ballroom of a former Masonic lodge in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A building in which he purchased alongside a bank in Puerto Rico that he is co-founding and plans to open both an “eco-resort in the ‘island’s most famous surf spot’ Rincón and a large cluster of residencies” in Mayagüez on the west coast of the island. We asked Brock about his thoughts on developing teams. “I’ve never seen anyone succeed in building anything by themselves.” Brock is a very productive person. He’s normally running three to 10 meetings at a time; just piling them all up. He has no schedule and everybody just kind of meets at the same time. On March 15th, Puerto Rico went into complete lockdown with only essential businesses allowed to remain open to the public. This has caused over 130,000 Puerto Ricans to completely lose their incomes. In partnership with Brock, the Puerto Rico Food Bank, and Banco de Alimentos de Puerto Rico, a part of the Feed America Network, The Integro Foundation is working to provide food directly to those who need it most. Brock launched FeedPuertoRico.org. A platform where you can donate money to humanitarian relief. Now Brock Pierce is running for the presidential candidate of the United States of America. With promises to make everyone’s voice heard, Brock believes the values of entrepreneurship and technology will save this nation. Running as an independent out of Minnesota, Brock sees ways to better our lives that are uniquely American. “Technology is enabling a new age for humanity – an age for truth, and age for enlightenment. New communication channels, coupled with a critical point in our nation’s history, make for a time in which voices that have been silenced for generations, can have an impact. The world we live in today is not inclusive; it is not designed to include everyone. That’s why some of us on the front lines of innovation are building systems that include all of us.” Brock has transformed not only his life but also those around him, through the power of teamwork, patience, and consistency. Not only is he a great fit for the presidency, but also a genuine and authentic leader. Tony Delgado, CEO of DISRUPT, had the chance to interview Brock on Instagram LIVE Thursday afternoon. “Right now, hope is not enough. 2020 has taken its toll on us, and many of us are concerned about the state of our nation’s families, mental health, economy, and environment. What served us in the past will not serve us in the future.” He believes our system has a gaping wound in it right now, and putting on a bandaid will not cut it. He has the vision to help us remember, and redefine what it is to be American. He believes COVID 19 has brought humanity together in a way where we can reassess our values and decide what freedom really means. “In the very near future, the landscape of our country will forever be changed. Innovations like AI will alter our workspace in ways we can foresee and prepare for. This nation was built by entrepreneurs, and this nation will be rebuilt by entrepreneurs driving us into a 21st-century economy.” “The future is ultimately what we make it. The future is either going to happen to you, or it’s going to happen with you. Fifty percent of the population in America today is under 35… when the youth realizes that they are the sleeping giant in this nation and wake up to the power of their voice, the game changes.” Brock told the CEO of Disrupt. Kanye West was brought up during the Instagram LIVE session when Brock said, “I will happily debate Kanye, I think it will be fun” as both of their teams were registering with the Secretary of State in Oklahoma at the same time. “It’s interesting how Kanye’s campaign and our campaign are following the same timeline; we’re at the exact same places at the exact same times, so it’s likely we’re being guided by the same things.” “I am running as an independent, but I think a new party will emerge out of this because it’s not about me, this is ultimately about all of us. It all depends on how much of a groundswell my campaigns ultimately create.” Says Brock to Tony. “My attitude towards the election is to rise above the negative and focus on the positive aspects of campaigning… it’s not about what wrong with you… it’s about here is who I am, what I would do, and how we can collectively learn from each other.” “We live in a duopoly. We have a two-party system that’s effectively two sides of the same coin. We need real change. We need something to emerge that transcends partisan politics. I believe this is the eleventh hour, our defining moment…” Brocks campaign needs to score at least 15% from 5 different pollsters to be selected in the national debates, and that all depends on how much traction his campaign can pick up. Because of COVID, these are very virtual campaigns. His team is traveling state to state right now, collecting all the petitions and signatures to meet the ballot requirements. You can learn more about Brocks Presidential Campaign here : https://www.brock.vote/ Here is our full interview with Brock Pierce on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCtlEA9ITfV/
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