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Talking dirty about bitcoin with the baroness of porn / Upstart

Written by Michael de Costillo for Upstart Business Journal.  Originally published November 14th, 2014.



“Cindy Gallop has figured out a way to make people to pay for porn again. She’s got 30 years marketing experience, she’s a SXSW and TED Talk veteran, and her next-generation porn company has been generating revenue since the day it launched.

And yet, thanks to what she describes as built-in prejudices against investing in the adult industry, she just can’t find any venture capitalist willing to get behind her company, New York-based MakeLoveNotPorn.

Not that investors don’t want a piece of the adult industry pie, she said, but that they fear what other people will think. Which is where bitcoin, the pseudonymous, crypto-currency with a growing economy of investors and users, enters the equation.

“Silicon Valley welcomes innovation in every other area of our lives except this one, and this is the one that needs it most,” Gallop told me in a recent interview. “Everything that is happening in the bitcoin space is directly analogous to what has the potential to happen in the sex-tech space.””


Read more about Cindy’s thoughts on bitcoin, crowdfunding, and “Vice vs. Virtue Investing,” here.

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