Their diverse backgrounds, Stephanie's in culture, events, production, and brand partnerships, and Piet's in technology, creative direction, development, and tech startups, make them uniquely qualified to build Rave together.
Vision, Brand, and Community Lead
Tech and Design Lead
Our inspring advisors come from creative, entrepeneurial, and business backgrounds.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Freelance Travel Journalist
NYTimes, Vogue, T Magazine, Financial Times
Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Intuitive Business Coach for Creatives/Design Director
She’d just quit her job as head of events and brand partnerships for an international online magazine and wanted to truly feel the freedom she’d just given herself.
How else to do that, thought then-38-year-old American expat, now living in Berlin with her four-year-old daughter and German husband, than travel?
With much of Europe at her fingertips, she felt overwhelmed by where to go. Almost blindly, she decided on Copenhagen, but from there was stumped and didn’t feel like Googling the Scandinavian city only to find basic, bland guides from people she didn’t trust.
In minutes, she received heaps of recommendations: a text message telling her to “walk around Nyhavn and take a stroll in Tivoli”; a Facebook comment reminding her “not to miss Hija de Sanchez taqueria”; an email listing 11 restaurants, six museums, 10 shops and three morning bun cafés; and a Google Map with plotted reference points for top-notch neighborhoods, bars and shops to check out.
Remember those beat-grooving, light-flashing, underground parties from the ‘90s that were full of possibility and wonder and otherworldliness?
Remember how you wanted to tell everyone about them, but also sort of wanted to keep them to yourself? Remember how you felt so free exploring their wacky and wild unknown locations?.
(What’s that? You don’t because they either weren’t your jam, you weren’t sober or you weren’t born yet? Doesn’t matter. Keep reading. You’ll get where we’re going with this.)
They’ve gone digital…in theory, at least. This Rave is map-friendly, legal and way easier to find without a flyer.
With the help of Piet Terheyden, a former colleague and digital designer, front-end developer and technical consultant from Cologne, Stephanie—who, yes, once upon a time attended all-night dance parties in abandoned supermarkets—set out to launch an app that allows users to share travel tips with the people they trust via visual collections and custom maps.
Her friends were full of insightful information, but now her newsfeed and inbox were a mess.
Together, the pair hopes to save travelers time by providing them with quick itineraries using photos and GPS, allowing them to get out on the biggest, flashiest dance-floor there is (hot tip: our globe!) and discover it with abandon—but without the frustrations that often come with planning an adventure in today’s oversaturated social media world.
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