The GS Nation Podcast

The American Dream & Foundational Movement with Vincent Vu of Kinis

Episode Summary

In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave have an amazing conversation with Vincent Vu, founder and CEO of Kinis, a local RVA company that specializes in barefoot training footwear. This American Dream fairytale begins with Vincent fleeing South Vietnam with his brother and mother after the war, finally ending up in Richmond, Virginia. We discuss the entrepreneurial hustle, purpose, creating a brand from scratch, and the importance of strengthening your feet as the foundation for stability throughout the whole body. We both got goosebumps numerous times while listening to his story… we hope you enjoy!

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Episode Summary

In this episode of The GS Nation Podcast, Cary and Dave have an amazing conversation with Vincent Vu, founder and CEO of Kinis, a local RVA company that specializes in barefoot training footwear. This American Dream fairytale begins with Vincent fleeing South Vietnam with his brother and mother after the war, finally ending up in Richmond, Virginia. We discuss the entrepreneurial hustle, purpose, creating a brand from scratch, and the importance of strengthening your feet as the foundation for stability throughout the whole body. We both got goosebumps numerous times while listening to his story… we hope you enjoy!

Time Stamped Show-notes

3:15 - Have you ever seen a child run?

4:00 - Fleeing South Vietnam for the first time in 1990

13:15 - 50/50 - you either make it or you die.

20:45 - Starting High school in America speaking ZERO English

24:18 - Education as a way out of the corn fields

28:30 - How an injury and “Born to Run” led to the creation of Kinis

34:45 - Determination: a step beyond curiosity

41:00 - The problem with modern footwear

50:10 - The most comfortable sock you’ve ever worn

56:42 - Getting blackmailed in China

1:01:45 - Vincent’s vision for the future of Kinis

1:05:05 - Going back to Vincent’s “Why”

1:10:56 - Did Vincent ever think about “failing” and why?

1:14:01 - Vincent’s definition of Impact

1:18:01 - Mindset, Positivity, and The American Dream

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