71 Republic was born out of the minds of three teens in the summer of 2016. Originally meant to be a Libertarian 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 site.
The team recruited Ryan Manthy, who had recently taken interest in the project. From January to May, the three would have conference calls every Tuesday and Thursday, for two hours each, meticulously plotting the site’s creation. In addition, the team 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.
In order to realize this, the three decided to bring on two more people, Maxwell Hessling and Gavin Sky, both of whom, were teenagers as well.
The five of them, 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 five teens (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.
Now that 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 30 people, with the vast majority in their teens. 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.