Cindy Gallop, CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn, told the Dublin Tech Summit that she “would love Ireland to be the champion of sex tech and fund sex tech”.
She believes that “sex tech makes jobs” and is “recession proof” which is one of the biggest reasons she sees “Dublin as the global sex tech hub of the future” as it’s “enormously needed within Irish culture and Irish society.”
During her talk she describes how when she launched MakeLoveNotPorn, it encouraged a global response she never anticipated. Her mission is to help make it easier for the world to talk about sex openly and honestly rather than privately.
“It’s an area of massive insecurity for every single person around the world”
The site is entirely user generated and “celebrates real word sex”, the site aims to capture what we do in the real world and present it in the same way we do on Facebook and Instagram. “Social sex videos are not about performing for the camera”.
All videos added to the site are curated and users pay to rent and stream social sex videos while half the income goes to the contributors. The site currently has over 200 MakeLoveNotPorn stars, several of whom are earning four figure amounts.
In her talk, she highlighted that despite misconception about the site “We are not porn, we are not amateurs” but instead “It’s a social sex revolution, the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, it’s social”.
An obstacle she has encountered is getting her initiative financed “I can’t get funded, I can’t get banked”.
She believes that the reluctance of bankers and investors is due to “fear of what other people will think.” which is the “single most paralysing dynamic in business and in life”.
When asked about her next big step, she told RTÉ LifeStyle that when she is focused on raising the funding she needs to operate at scale and that she’s hoping Irish investors will reach out to her.
RTÉ caught up with Cindy Gallop at the Dublin Tech Summit, watch the interview here:
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Written by Zainab Boladale