It was just one year ago that we pressed the button that took MLNP.tv out of closed, private beta into full public access beta, and exposed our precious little newborn venture to the world.
And the world has been wonderful.
Today we have 218,000 members, growing every month.
We have 60 wonderful MakeLoveNotPornstars who have contributed 160 #realworldsex videos between them, from all around the world. Our MakeLoveNotPornstars hail from the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Denmark, Mexico, with new MakeLoveNotPornstars from new countries coming on board every month.
We are so grateful for and so proud of our MakeLoveNotPornstars who share their #realworldsex with us, and delighted to hear from you how the process of sharing has benefited and taken your relationships to new levels – you can read about that in the MLNPstarsspeak section.
And we are so, so grateful to all of you, our wonderful members who support us and who write to us telling us how much you love what we’re doing and the ways in which MLNP.tv has helped improve your own relationships and sex lives – we publish some of those messages here in our #realworldinbox.
We love that you get it. We shared here how the occasional membership cancellation request feedback has been so interesting regarding the difference between porn and #realworldsex.
A man asked to cancel his membership last week, explaining:
“MLNP.tv is something I would like to join again in future, but with my girlfriend next time, so that we can explore it together. Unlike a conventional pornography site this feels more like a community and so feels more personal and more like a 2-way communication. Because of that, I would feel less comfortable being involved without it being with my partner. Not sure if that sounds logical, but that’s the reason that for now I’d like to delete the account.
I think it’s a really positive thing that you’re doing with the site. Hope to join again in future.”
I wrote back to say we’re delighted, because that’s exactly right!
We also love you for demonstrating that our revenue-sharing business model works.
Along with ventures like Airbnb, Uber, Taskrabbit, we are part of the collaborative economy. Jaron Lanier quoted here in the New York Times, says ‘If Google and Facebook were smart they would want to enrich their own customers.’ Well – we already do!
We’re delighted to report that thanks to all of you wonderful video renters, our MakeLoveNotPornstars are making up to four figures at each payout, and we love that they are both treating themselves and doing good things with their earnings. For example, Mr & Mrs Lau donated theirs to a cause close to their hearts and bilikesscifi allocated some of theirs back into supporting MLNP.tv by renting other MakeLoveNotPornstars’ videos.
We’ve been open with all of you about the battle we fight every day to build this business. Every piece of infrastructure any other startup can take for granted, we can’t, because the small print always says, ‘No adult content’, as I speak to here in this interview with Nerve and which is why, as frustratingly for us as it is for you, we seem to make it so hard for you to give us your money.
We so appreciate your patience and understanding as we battle glitches and technical hiccups with our very limited resources, and we promise you we are working to change this situation, so that we can significantly improve your experience and build our site out to have all the features it’s still missing at the moment (the ability to search more easily and effectively, share, follow your favorite MakeLoveNotPornstars, comment, rate etc etc).
I want to take this opportunity too to thank the four key people without whom none of this would have been possible. My amazingly talented co-founders, CTO Corey Innis and User Experience Lead Oonie Chase, who are responsible for the design and building of our platform.
Our lovely MadamCurator Sarah Beall, who operates her own uniquely wonderful and sensitive approach to curation and community management to make us everything we are:
And our original angel investor, who prefers to remain anonymous, but who believed in us when no one else did, and who has been and continues to be our biggest cheerleader. We are forever grateful.
All of you in our community have been instrumental in helping us already see the dynamics of social and business acceptability moving gradually in our favor. FastCompany identified us as one of the 10 Ways We’ll Be Dating, Having Sex And Breaking Up in 2025.
That gives us eleven years to get to global domination and our ultimate goal that one day, no one should have to feel embarrassed ever again about having a naked photograph or a sex tape of themselves posted on the internet – because it’s just a natural human part of who we all are.
Happy 1st Birthday everybody!