Richard Hoechner

co-founder and head of community Republik

Richard Hoechner is co-founder and head of community of Republik, an ad-free, independent and member-funded digital magazine from Zürich, Switzerland. Republik was born with a world-record breaking crowdfunding campaign in 2017 and launched in January 2018 with a unique business model: its members own a large part of the magazine. At the beginning of 2023, Republik had about 28,000 paying supporters and around 45 employees.

Richard grew up in Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand, holds a degree in journalism and communications and speaks six languages fluently. His professional background is in innovation & management consulting, community organizing, trend scouting as well as travel and event organizing with work experience in more than 20 countries.

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