Ole and Patrick are passionate about free speech, open knowledge and connecting communities of listeners and speakers. They are also strong advocates for an open and anonymous internet. Both come from artistic backgrounds, Patrick is a composer of new music and a cultural theorist. Ole is a writer and craftsman, but also the man behind Berlin's analogue photo booth revival. In his own words:
'This is our contribution towards an internet that stands for freedom of speech - we let you speak. We are unlocking a new and exciting field of content-publishing - the spoken word audio. Our start-up isn't about problem-solving - it is about creating dialogue, discussion and discourse. VR is a tool to do just that'
Voice Republic is still in year one after launch. The team, based jointly in Zurich and Berlin, have stuck up partnerships with a number of key conference organisers in both countries - notably Berlin's prestigious re:publica - and has already begun it's drive for users and integration in the US. A major rebuild of the site goes online at the end of October with a feast of new features and improved functionality.