Early Life and Education
As a first-generation Vietnamese-American, Rick Nguyen came to the Silicon Valley in his early teens. As a teen, he was fascinated by the brain and artificial intelligence. Rick attended the University of California, Berkeley, to study cognitive science.
During his first two years at Cal, Rick Nguyen discovered a new passion for business, politics, and military science. After his sophomore year in college, Rick designed his own major for a more interdisciplinary education. In addition to cognitive science classes, Rick got to take excellent courses like advanced leadership (Army ROTC), advanced probability statistics, and advertising.
In college, Rick participated in many extracurricular activities, such as Army ROTC, Toastmasters (President), and Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity (Philanthropy Chairman, Social Chairman, President).
Rick Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Science Fields (ISF).
Early Startup Experience
After college, Rick volunteered to work at Ho Chi Minh City’s department of health to inspect and analyze data to help clinics serve patients better.
After two months of volunteering, he joined Le’s Mart, a supermarket chain in North Vietnam as marketing director. He increased their profit by a large margin and became its head of marketing within three months. VinGroup acquired Le’s Mart. VinGroup is one of Vietnam’s largest conglomerates.
After six months in Vietnam, Rick returned to the United States and decided to start a new America adventure. He honed his sales skills by going door-to-door selling solar panels with Sun Run through a sales contractor, Solmentum. Feeling more confident about his newfound skills, Rick set out to test himself by joining his first technology startup ever, Specialdeals.
At Specialdeals, Rick learned the startup game and became a sales director within a month. He built a 10-person sales team that continuously exceeded quota with half the industry customer acquisition cost. Specialdeals raised $2M total in funding and moved to China.
Rick Nguyen co-founded Spot Trender
Using what he learned, Rick Nguyen started his next venture – QR Pitch. Rick joined up with Christopher South, a brilliant mechanical engineering student he met at Specialdeals, to revolutionize video analytics. Rick locked himself in a room, learned how to code, and pushed out a crappy prototype in 2 months. It helps QR Pitch raise its first $50K in angel funding and get the momentum started.
As Co-founder at Spot Trender, Rick Nguyen creates and refines enterprise solutions for professional advertisers to win hearts and minds. Rick enjoys various projects to promote STEM education and advanced science in the United States in his spare time.