PUBLIUS SPECIAL GUEST: Brock Pierce, was a 2020 candidate for President of the United States. Pierce is an entrepreneur, humanitarian and father of two young children.
Brock is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and father. Brock has an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in innovative businesses and foundations has made him a global thought leader.
Born into a middle-class home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a mother who was a minister and a father who worked in construction. Brock began his early career as a child-actor, making movies like The Mighty Ducks and First Kid. At 16, Brock believed the internet would change the world and that inspired him to become an entrepreneur. Brock has co-founded, advised, and funded over 100 companies. In 2014 he put the U.S. dollar on the Blockchain when he co-founded Tether. Tether is the #1 most traded cryptocurrency with annual trading volume of over US$10 Trillion.
A trailblazing technologist and innovator, Pierce created the first major marketplace for virtual goods in online gaming, which is expected to grow to $190B by 2025. As a pioneer in Blockchain and digital currency, he was integral to the development of the first Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), providing a revolutionary way to fund and launch digital currencies. Additionally, as a founder of Blockchain Capital, Pierce helped develop the STO, security token offering, to further secure investments in digital currency . Blockchain-based and digital currencies that Pierce has co-founded include EOS, Stablecoin and Tether, the latter of which surpassed Bitcoin with a daily trading volume of over $21 billion. Pierce’s revolutionizing innovations in Blockchain technology and online gaming have led to the development of entirely new industries, resulting in the creation of new jobs, marketplaces and wealth for millions of Americans.
Upon moving to Puerto Rico in 2017, he immediately prioritized philanthropy after seeing the devastation Hurricane Maria left behind. Developing the Integro Foundation, a Puerto Rico based not-for-profit organization, Pierce provided philanthropic resources to Puertom Rico, the Caribbean Islands, and indigenous people. With programs designed to revive areas in critical need, the Integro Foundation empowers humans, plants, animals and natural resources to thrive. Integro provides urgent relief during times of crisis, working with vetted local charities, organizations and government agencies to deploy resources efficiently, with fully accountable donations.
A prolific philanthropist, his personal experience has led Pierce to become an advocate for due process and the rule of law with a focus on an efficient, fair, and coherent justice system as the cornerstone of democracy. As founder of the Brock Pierce Foundation, his philanthropy focuses on the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the Center for Individual Rights, the Brennan Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the arts and cutting-edge research in medicine and mental health.
He holds two honorary ambassadorships in South Korea related to his international leadership in technology and philanthropy. He is the Honorary President of Gimcheon Blockchain AI center which helps female entrepreneurs advance in the technology industry. In 2019 Pierce was knighted by the Ordine dei Cavalieri di San Martino del Monte delle beatitudini in acknowledgement of his philanthropic work.