71 Republic was born out of the minds of three teens in the summer of 2016. Originally meant to be a news blog, the vision quickly changed, with plans to be a YouTube podcast. However, none of this was ever realized, as soon after the 2016 Presidential Election, interest in the idea faded.
In early 2017, however, one of the original three teens (Mason Mohon) decided to revive the project. Mason reached out to Matthew Geiger, who was one of the original three founders and brought him back on board. With two out of the original three founders back together, they were ready to roll. This time, however, the idea was to create a news website. The site was to be centered around the propagation of open and free opinions, as well as unbiased reports of the news.
From January to May, the two would have conference calls every Tuesday and Thursday, for two hours each, meticulously planning the site’s creation. In addition, the duo raised over 500 dollars to pay for the start-up costs.
As time went on, the vision broadened, and the plan was for 71 Republic to be more than just a website, but a company.
Mason and Matthew, joined by other supporters of the project, using the money previously raised, designed the site. In addition, they invited three prevalent politicians to participate in a live stream video on June 10th, 2017, that would signify the site’s launch.
Launch day came and went, and the two (accompanied by friends and other politically involved youth) went hard at work, writing articles each and every day, slowly but surely increasing the viewership of the website. In the process of doing so, the new website was able to land an exclusive interview with a New Hampshire State Representative, who was switching his political affiliation. Not only did the 71 Republic team interview him, but they were the first news outlet to report the story, adding to the fledgling site’s credibility.
After the website was up and running, the next item on the list was to register it as a company. So, on July 19th, 2017, 71 Republic was filed as a Limited Liability Company (LLC) under Maryland Corporate Law.
Today, 71 Republic employs nearly 40 people. The company has writers from over a dozen states and three countries, each with a burning passion to share their opinion with the world, as well as to provide hard-hitting news directly to your phone or computer.
Chief Executive Officer – Matthew Geiger
Matthew Geiger, a high school student from Maryland, is the Chairman of the Carroll County Libertarian Committee, and the National Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Youth Caucus. Additionally, he and assists in the management of political campaigns across his region through his consulting firm, GeigerGreen LLC.
You can contact Matthew by emailing him at email@example.com.
Chief Operations Officer – Mason Mohon
Mason Mohon is the Director of Content, Chief Operations Officer, and a founding member of 71 Republic. He is also a high school policy and congressional debater from Austin, Texas.
Inspired by Ron Paul, Mason is a staunch Libertarian and loves to keep up with American politics. When it comes to economics, Mason adheres the Austrian School and enjoys reading the works of Ludwig von Mises. Being religious, he also enjoys finding the connections between Christianity and the rights of the individual.
Mason is a book junkie and is always looking for additions to his own personal library. Mason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Financial Officer – Andrew Baines
Andrew Baines has been an employee for 71 Republic since June of 2017 and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in December of that year. He is also a high school political advocate and an economics enthusiast from Mount Airy, Maryland.
Andrew is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has been a registered Libertarian since April 2017. Additionally, he founded the political advocacy group, American Government Simulation, in January of 2016.
Editor-in-Chief – Ryan Lau
Ryan is currently a high school senior in the state of Connecticut, and a member of his school’s debate club. He has also been on school teams for baseball, soccer, and golf, though he now prefers the individual sports of running and skiing. Outside of athletics, Ryan is involved in the Boy Scouts and is currently working towards becoming an Eagle Scout.
Looking forward, he hopes to apply to Colorado College, University of Vermont and Middlebury, to pursue a degree in political science.