Happy Birthday Cindy Gallop!

February 1, 2014

1:00 pm

Cindy Gallop, the creator of MakeLoveNotPorn.tv (NSFW), is celebrating a birthday today. Happy birthday, Cindy!

Born in the UK in 1960, Gallop grew up in Brunei and came to her entrepreneurial career from the advertising world, where she worked with brands like Coca-Cola, Polaroid, and Ray-Ban. Her Twitter bio reads, “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.”

After a sort of “mid-life crisis,” she became an entrepreneur and launched MakeLoveNotPorn at the 2009 TED conference. The company has grown to a team of eight and launched MakeLoveNotPorn.tv in 2012, where people can view, share, and make profits on their real-world porn.

Gallop is also the founder of IfWeRanTheWorld, a site that brings people and companies together to take small actions on their causes.

We’ve caught up with Gallop at the past two SXSW conferences – watch her talk about the startup life and her initiative to get SXSWers to hook up.

In a fun coincidence, Gallop’s birthday falls the day after Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of the year of the horse. Gallop is half Chinese herself, and her website loads with an image of a horse galloping and the provoking question: “Why walk when you can gallop?”

Tweet happy birthday to Cindy!

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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