Cindy Gallop, Founder of MakeLoveNotPorn, is one of the most exciting and radical speakers in tech, and in 2009 this English-born advertising maven was launched into the mainstream with her legendary TEDTalk. Cindy talks to us about great communication, women in leadership, and the missionary work of MakeLoveNotPorn – in every sense of the expression.
Tell us about your company. What do we need to know about Make Love Not Porn?
MakeLoveNotPorn is ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.’ We are the world’s first user-generated crowdsourced social sex video sharing platform that celebrates #realworldsex – the funny, messy, wonderful, ridiculous, awkward, beautiful sex we all have every day – the same way we socially share everything else, in order to make it easier for everyone to talk about sex. We call ourselves the Social Sex Revolution: the revolutionary part isn’t the sex, but the social.
What’s your background? How does it influence your current role?
My background is over 30 years working in brandbuilding, marketing and advertising, which has informed MakeLoveNotPorn’s mission of making it easier for the world to talk about sex. I’ve spent 30 years working in the business of communication, and so I know that everything great in life and business is born out of great communication. Sex is no different. Great sex is born out of great communication.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Running a sextech startup is extremely challenging. The dynamic that most motivates me is the one I characterize as, “I’m going to fucking well show you.” Tell me it can’t be done? I’m going to fucking well show you. Put an obstacle in my path? I’m going to fucking well show you. I get out of bed in the morning because I have a lot to prove when it comes to changing the world through sex.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Get more sleep.
What will you speak about at Vizions by Zalando? And what are you looking forward to about the conference?
I’ll be doing a fireside chat with the wonderful Natalia Brzezinski on the issues facing women in leadership and management in the workplace, and why every man needs to know what those are because they impact men as well. And then I’ll be participating in a panel on “What Is The Next Big Thing In Tech?”
I’m looking forward to a really interesting, wide-ranging agenda and a great line-up of speakers, some of whom are friends; Susan Danziger, Jessica Lawrence Quinn and Vivienne Ming are all must-sees! And I’m looking forward to the inspirational and provocative discussions that are sure to result amongst speakers and audience alike.
I’m also looking forward to Berlin. I love Berlin!