Richard Hoechner is part of the founding team at Republik, an ad-free, independent and reader-funded Swiss online magazine. Republik was born with a world-record breaking crowdfunding campaign in 2017 and launched in January 2018. The majority of Republik belongs to its readers and the founding team. At the beginning of 2018, Republik had 24,000 paying members. Richard Hoechner is Republik’s Head of Community Relations and has been part of the executive board since 2017. He 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 community management, innovation & management consulting, trend scouting and communications with work experience in more than 20 countries.