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Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
My pleasure to welcome my friend Cindy Gallop for a Product Hunt AMA at 2 PM PST today - ask questions in advance...:) Bio: Cindy is the founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn. Describes her approach as 'I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.' Loved podcasting with her: https://soundcloud.com/product-h...
Cindy GallopHunter@cindygallop · Co-founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
@eriktorenberg Erik - I am absolutely loving this AMA, so grateful to you guys for proving the opportunity, and so thrilled to be getting such terrific questions! I've got a very aggravating issue - I'm dying to keep answering, but the questions are such that I need to answer in some detail, and I regrettably have to head to an immovable commitment (roasting my friend Brad Jakeman of Pepsico who is the AdClub of New York's Advertising Person Of The Year). Can I please continue answering later tonight/tomorrow - would that be OK? I hate to leave questions unanswered and am very keen to have the opportunity to keep doing so!
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@cindygallop @eriktorenberg yes! a huge thank you from all of us for joining us :)
Raj Vir@rjvir · Hacker, student @umich
What advice do you have for men?
Cindy GallopHunter@cindygallop · Co-founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
@rjvir Gosh, Raj, that's a big question! :) Would you mind narrowing it down a bit - advice for men in which area specifically?
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
@cindygallop @rjvir how about men educating themselves sexually? any syllabi out there? asking for a friend.... (my friend raj)
Erik TorenbergHiring@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
How would you reform sex education in america if you had the power to do so?
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Hi Cindy, Very big fan of yours and have followed your amazing work since watching your amazing TED talk! So what do you think made the TED talk one of the most watched talks of 2009 and what advice would you give to people looking to give enaging speeches that capture the attention of their audience? I would so love your advice! Harry
Cindy GallopHunter@cindygallop · Co-founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
@harrystebbings Harry, thank you so much for your kind words! To be honest, my TED talk made the impact it did at TED 2009 because I was talking about, and tackling, one of the most un-talked-about areas of human experience :) But what I always say to people who want to be able to speak well in public is, simply talk about something you feel strongly and are passionate/enthusiastic about, and do so in the same way you would if you were talking about that topic to your friends over dinner. Just keep it informal, genuine, real and enthusiastic, and all of that comes across. I hope that's helpful.
Russ Frushtick@russfrushtick
Can you elaborate on what you want to build when you say "Y-Combinator of Sex?"
Cindy GallopHunter@cindygallop · Co-founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
@russfrushtick Sure! I've been very frustrated by the battle my team and I fight every day, not only to raise funding, but to access and put in place the kind of business infrastructure and partnerships startups in every other area can at least take for granted. I've been struck too by how very difficult it is to access expertise when you're a sextech venture. Other entrepreneurs can ask for and benefit from the advice of seasoned VCs/investors, entrepreneurs, brilliant business brains. When you have a sextech startup, a) nobody takes you seriously, and b) nobody even wants to have the conversation. So I am very serious about the fact that, if I can get MakeLoveNotPorn to where I want it to be - doing a shit-ton of good and making a shit-ton of money :) - I would like to start an incubator/accelerator and fund for radically innovative sextech and porn startups. My young friends in the porn industry have brilliant ideas, they're creating their own content, they want to invent the future of porn - but there is no one in that world to mentor, coach, advise, finance and facilitate. MLNP has brought to me many sextech entrepreneurs, some of whom flatteringly say it was seeing the trail MLNP blazed that made them want to start a venture to do with sex. They have all the same issues - can't get funded, can't put payments in place etc. So I'd like to create a vehicle that could provide help, expertise, access, assisted partnerships and collaborations, and funding. And btw, a tiny injection of cash into radically innovative sextech and porn startups has the potential to create returns way beyond many other sectors :)
Michael Hwan@michaelhwan · Building the future @UberATG
@cindygallop @russfrushtick have you secured funding or is MLNP still bootstrapped?
Cindy GallopHunter@cindygallop · Co-founder & CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn
@michaelhwan @russfrushtick It took me two years of pitching mlnp.tv to find one angel investor who put up $500k in seed funding to enable us to build the platform and launch it back in 2013. Subsequently both he and I have put more money into the business to help grow it, to the point where we now want to raise a round of funding to enable us to scale rapidly, which after two and a half years of traction we're well positioned to do.