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The Cindy Gallop guide to turning a cheeky topic into a serious business

Taking a playful approach to a typically dry product or service to make it more consumer-friendly is a tactic that’s served businesses well over the years. But what about the flip side? Here entrepreneur and sextech pioneer, Cindy Gallop, explains the difficulties of growing not just a business, but a whole industry, in one of the world’s most playful sectors. I date younger men. Ten years ago this led me to realise that when total freedom of access to hardcore porn online meets our society’s equally total reluctance to talk openly and honestly about sex, porn becomes sex education by default. This is not a good thing. As a response I launched, a tiny, clunky ‘Porn World vs Real World’ website, in 2009 at TED. The world soon responded. I realised I had uncovered a huge global social issue and saw an opportunity for what I believe is the future of business – to do good and make money simultaneously. So in 2013 I launched – the world’s first user-generated videosharing platform that celebrates #realworldsex as a counterpoint and complement to porn, with a revenue-sharing model for our contributors, or MakeLoveNotPornstars. We are Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference. We’re building a whole new category on the internet – social sex – with the aim of socialising sex to make it easier for everyone in the world to talk about, in order to promote good sexual values and good sexual behavior. We call MakeLoveNotPorn the Social Sex Revolution. The revolutionary part isn’t the sex, it’s the social. cindy_gallop_profile.jpg Image credit: The challenges of taking taboo topics mainstream We fight a battle every day to build Make Love Not Porn (MLNP). Every piece of business infrastructure that any other tech start-up can take for granted, we can’t. Why? Because the small print will always read: “No adult content”. It took me four years to find a bank that would allow me to open a business account. Our biggest operational challenge is payment processing; Paypal won’t work with adult content and Stripe – the gold standard for taking credit cards…

A Guide To Dealing With Difficult People

We’ve all been there. Be it work, school or Thanksgiving dinner, we’ve all found ourselves in situations where we have been forced to interact with people we find to be “difficult”. Powered by WPeMatico

The busy professional’s guide to avoiding burnout by @_lauramclo

by Laura McLoughlin | Featured Contributor  Burnout is a common problem for the modern professional. Long hours, and high stakes, combined with the added pressure of 24/7 connectivity and remote working, means that we are not only under pressure, but under pressure all the time. There is no escaping the internet, and it pushes many capable individuals to the point of professional exhaustion. Burnouts manifest themselves in lots of ways, from insomnia and pessimism to loss of appetite. Personally, my burnout came with increased anxiety. I was nervous at work, worried at home, and even in my “downtime” I was constantly uneasy, waiting for my phone to buzz with another ‘urgent’ email. The best way to escape your burnout longterm, I found, was not by drinking camomile tea or taking bubble baths, but by coming to understand your own boundaries – and enforcing them. Here are just four tips I learned on making sure your work doesn’t bleed you dry: Define your schedule Schedules provide structure and organisation to your day and can help reduce stress. Ideally, your schedule will include when you start work, when you finish, and when you will take your breaks in between. Having these points mapped out before you even get to work can really give you a sense of control over your day, and possibly notice what saps your time. Regular breaks are also an important element of your day, even if you think you can’t afford to take them. A lunch break is also exceptionally important, despite the fact that most of us eat at our desks or don’t take one at all. These times allow us to decompress, and lead to a much more productive day. Don’t overcommit It can be hard to say no to colleagues when they need help, and harder still to tell your boss you don’t have time for a new task. However, it’s essential that you enforce your boundaries with those you work with and for, not because you are not capable or unhelpful, but because you simply cannot do anymore. The best way to handle this…

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