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Iain Manley

CEO, VoiceMap

Iain Manley tells stories. It’s a habit he picked up in my twenties, almost all of which I spent traveling – mostly overland, mostly through Asia. Iain documented his journeys at Old World Wandering, where the first post was published a full 14 years ago now, on WordPress version 1.5.2.

Old World Wandering wasn’t the very first travel blog, but it wasn’t far behind, and Iain carved out a niche with long-form dispatches that were regularly shared by top curators. It was, in the words of an editor at National Geographic Traveler, one place where “thoughtful, well-written slow travel writing with a strong sense of history and culture” could be reliably found.

Iain’s favorite experiences and travel stories almost always had one thing in common: someone, somewhere, had shown their city. They had connected opinions, anecdotes, and emotions to places over the course of a lifetime, and used phrases like ”I love”, “I remember”, “I hope” or even “I hate” to describe things that might otherwise have been ordinary.

When Iain returned home, to Cape Town, and started working with location-aware audio, he realized that the medium was the perfect way to make feelings about a place easily accessible. He wanted to see Cape Town by looking at it through the eyes of other people like he had seen places far away, and that’s why Iain Manley founded VoiceMap, a publishing platform and marketplace for immersive audio guides.

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