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Many people argue that Juan Guaidó is not the president of the republic, or that there's a coup d'etat in Venezuela. Other argue that the legitime president of Venezuela is Nicolas Maduro because he won elections, and therefore he should be president. There are so many people who want to know the true but they simply find biased information provided by government-funded agents such as TelesurTV that have clearly a bad reputation when it comes to report the venezuelan humanitarian crisis, the constitutional crisis, and every other aspect that you may find necessary to really understand what is going on Venezuela. To understand how we are here, we must learn about past events like designation of judges to the Supreme Court, derogation of the presidential referendum, dissolution of the parliament, a new designation of judges to the Supreme Court, and other things that I will try to put down in an effort to let people know what actually happened since 2013 to 2019.

First of all. How did Maduro came to presidency?

He was named vicepresident by Chavez, then Chavez died in 2013 which leaves Maduro as the interim president until new elections were convened in april of 2013, which Maduro claims he won, but the opposition contested and called to count the ballots something that the electoral body never does unless it is asked because the results are always issued electronically. The electoral body (put in there by the socialist party) didn't accept the petition to count the ballots.

2015 parliament elections

After the electoral body didn't accept to count the ballots, the discontent against the regime grew among the population, allowing the opposition to keep winning popular support. On December 6 of 2015 parliament elections were hold. The opposition won with 56% of the votes, something that many people didn't expect. The opposition obtained 2/3 of the seats in the parliament.
Both Maduro and the opposition recognized the results as the electoral body claimed that there were not any irregularities

13 new judges illegaly named

On December 22, 2015, the incumbent parliament members who were elected back in 2010 illegaly named 13 new judges to the Supreme Court, something that should have happened not in 2015 but in 2016. The vast majority of these new judges were parliament members the same day they were appointed to the Supreme Court. They even were the ones who proposed in the parliament to name new judges, and of course, they were members of the socialist party. The parliament back then was still controlled by the socialist party.

The Supreme Court declares null the election of deputies elected in December 6 of 2015

One of the socialist deputies who was illegaly named judge to the Supreme Court in December 22th of 2015, declared null the election of several opposition deputies in Amazonas state. This caused the opposition to lose the 2/3 of the parliament that it obtained after winning the election of December 6.

166 deputies sworn in to the parliament, including Amazonas' deputies

On January 6 of 2016, 112 opposition deputies were sworn in to the parliament, including those who were elected in the Amazonas whose election was contested

The Supreme Court outlaws the parliament

After the opposition-held parliament decided to sworn in three deputies who were elected in the contested Amazonas circuit, the supreme court decided, at petition of one parliament member of the socialist party, to outlaw the entire parliament alleging they disobey the orders to not swear in the Amazonas' deputies.

The opposition calls for a presidential referendum

According to the venezuelan constitution, you can recall any elected official after having completed half of the term for which the official was elected. This was the case for Maduro's presidential term which was at its half in April of 2016. The opposition wanted to recall and started the process to do so in April of 2016, but first, according to the constitution, they needed to follow a procediment to collect signatures which must be verified by the electoral body. The opposition needed only 300,000 signatures, they instead collected 2,1 millions of signatures
The opposition parties did call for the presidential recall, not the parliament. Just for clarification.

Electoral body cancels the presidential recall

Because of 10,000 suspicious signatures, the electoral body decided to cancel the entire presidential recall, this caused a huge discontent among the population. This excuse to cancel the presidential recall was already an obvious attempt from the electoral body to protect Nicolas Maduro

The parliament annuls the designation of judges to the Supreme Court

Because they were illegaly named, the opposition-held parliament decided in June of 2016 to annul the designation of the 13 judges who were named back in December of 2015.

3 deputies who were sworn in, were taken out

Beginning in 2017, in its first ordinary session, the parliament, then chaired by Julio Borges, deputy for the opposition coalition, officially disbanded the 3 challenged deputies, fulfilling the condition of the Supreme Court to exit contempt. However, the Supreme Court did not withdraw the contempt alleging that the old directive presided by Henri Ramos Allup is the one who must do the formalities

Supreme Court granted legislative powers to Nicolas Maduro

In March 27 of 2017, the Supreme Court granted legislative powers to Nicolas Maduro, however, they quickly clarified the judgement by issuing a clarification where the judges supressed to grant legislative powers to both the Supreme Court and Nicolas Maduro

Nicolas Maduro calls for a constituent assembly, to create a new constitution

On May 1, 2017, Nicolas Maduro, issued a decree to convene a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) based on a controversial interpretation of articles 347, 348 and 349 of the Constitution. This call again ignited the alarms of Venezuelan society, as many jurists point out that Maduro has violated the Constitution by usurping the functions of the sovereign people when calling a Constituent Assembly, when this power corresponds strictly to the People of Venezuela as a whole and not to people in particular. A Constituent Assembly is a supranational body, all-powerful institution that can change from the education curriculum to remove any officials of any branch of the government, including the president of the republic, reform or derogate the criminal code.
It would not be the first time a constituent assembly would be convened. Back in 1998 Chavez did the same, but first he called for a consultative referendum to decided whether the people agreed to convene elections to elect constituent deputies. If the results of the consultative referendum were against the election of constituent deputies then there won't be any constituent assembly at all. Nicolas Maduro didn't allow the people the chance to vote in a consultative referendum to decide whether we wanted a constituent assembly or not. He just directly call for elections to elect constituent deputies implying there will be a constituent assembly.
This move to call for a constituent assembly was seen as parallel national assembly.

"Maduro is the people"

On June 7, 2017, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court handed down judgment 378, which determined that the president was authorized to convene a constituent without a prior consultative referendum, since he acted in the name of the sovereignty of the people. Article 5 of the Constitution establishes that the sovereignity "resides intransferably among the people." People argue that Maduro himself can't act in the name of the entire population for these matters.

Attorney General filed a contentious electoral appeal agains the constituent assembly

On June 8, the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, filed to the Supreme Court a contentious electoral appeal and precautionary relief for all purposes of the constituent assembly and, invoking Article 333 of the Constitution, invited all Venezuelans to join the appeal in order to stop the constituent assembly and preserve the validity of the current Constitution. The next day the vicinity of the Supreme Court was closed by State security forces preventing citizens from adhering to the appeal filed by the attorney general

Illegal appoinment of 13 judges elected in 2015 was contested by the attorney general

On July 2, 2017, the attorney general challenged the appointment of the 13 principal judges and 21 substitutes after it was known that in the process of appointing these judges, the Republic Moral Council (formed by the Citizen's Branch which includes the attorney general, the ombudsman, and comptroller) did not hold an extraordinary session to evaluate the scales of application, as established in Article 74 of the LOTSJ (Organic Law of the Suprme Court), but they sent the files of the candidates and then presented the minutes to sign it, which she refused to do so because the session had not been held. The next day, the ombudsman presented a document with the alleged signature of the attorney general alleging that she had signed the act. María José Marcano, former secretary of the Republic Moral Council accused the ombudsman of lying and presenting a forged document, because neither she nor the attorney general had signed the act as it was an act performed illegally due to political pressures

Attorney general was dismissed by the Supreme Court

At petition of a socialist parliament member, the Supreme Court dismissed the attorney general and granted its powers to the ombudsman that are exclusive of the Public Ministry

Opposition-held parliament appoints 13 new judges to the Supreme Court

Once the attorney general contested the election of the 13 judges to the Suprme Court illegaly appointed in december of 2015 by deputies of the socialist party, on July 21 of 2017 the opposition-held parliament decided to follow the procediment fulfill the necessity to appoint new judges to the Supreme Court. This time, every aspect of the process was fulfilled. Days later, Maduro started to jail these judges, however, many could flee the country before being kidnapped.
However, they are functioning as the legitime Supreme Court since it was named by the opposition-held parliament.

Elections to the constituent assembly take place on July 30

The only candidates were members of the socialist party because the electoral bases were designed to avoid any other person not affiliated to the party to be candidate. Only socialist party members could be candidate to the constituent assembly.
The election was denounce by most western countries, including Canada, the EU, Australia, among others.

Constituent assembly calls for presidential election

On January 23, 2018, the constituent assembly decreed that the presidential election scheduled for late 2018, should be held before April 30. Several countries in America and Europe have expressed their disavowal of the results due to the impediment of opposition parties participation and the lack of time for the lapses established in the electoral regulations.
Two days later, on January 25, the Supreme Court ordered the electoral body to exclude from these elections the ballot of the Democratic Unity Table (opposition coalition), arguing that within that coalition there are parties that have not complied with the validation process of political parties established in the law.

Presidential election took place on May 20, 2018

The only candidates were Nicolas Maduro, ex chavista Henri Falcón, and the evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci. Maduro obtained 68% of the votes. Henri Falcon didn't recognize the results, as did many countries around the world and the rest of the opposition parties.
The election was rigged as electoral observers including the Carter Certer condemned the election.
The parliament rejected the election.

Supreme Court in exile annul presidential election

On July of 2018, the Supreme Court that was named by the opposition-held parliament issued a decree to nullify the presidential election, ordering the parliament to name an interim president. Source

Christian Zerpa defects and flees to the US

On January 8, 2019, Christian Zerpa, one of the 13 judges named illegaly in 2015 by socialist parliament members, who also accepted the petition to outlaw opposition-held parliament, defected and fled to the United States, this being motivated by disagreeing with the swearing in of Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term. Zerpa made a series of statements that questioned the independence of powers and the transparency of Venezuelan justice.
He confessed that he was appointed as a judge in the express process of 2015, because he had always been loyal to Chavez.

Maduro swore in to the presidency

After the presidential election that took place in May 20 of 2018, Maduro swore in to the presidency on January 10 of 2019. This must be done in the parliament but this time he did it in the Supreme Court.

Legislative year ended, new body president is approved

Juan Guaidó was elected president of the legislative branch on January 5 of 2019

Presidential term ended in January 10 of 2019 without an elected president of the republic

The parliament, after rejecting the election back then in May of 2018 and following the judgement issued on July of 2018 by the Supreme Court in exile, stated that there is not an elected president of the republic.
The powers of the executive branch must be transferred to the president of the legislative branch.

Juan Guaidó assumes executive powers, swore in in January 23 of 2019

As an interim president, he must call for elections in the next 30 days, however, there may be some inconvenients about having elections right now. Therefore, he called for a transitory government.

FAQ

What happened to the 13 judges named by the opposition-held parliament, and to the attorney general Luisa Ortega?

The new Supreme Court is fulfilling his duties in another country, as they're recognize by the OAS and the US.
Luisa Ortega now is exiled. She was replaced by the William Saab who was the ombudsman at the time she fled the country. The vice-ombudsman became the ombudsman.

Was the 2018 presidential election legitime?

The body who must convene the election must be the electoral body. For the 2018 presidential elections, the constituent assembly was the one who called for presidential election. If you don't recognize the constituent assembly, then you don't recognize neither the election it convened for.

Why we don't recognize the constituent assembly?

Because we didn't had a consultative referendum to decide whether we wanted a constituent assembly or not.

Why did the opposition parties boycott the election to elect constituent deputies?

The electoral bases for the election of constituent deputies, that took place in june 30 of 2017, were rigged. Only socialist party members were allowed to be candidate. The opposition parties were not allowed to have candidates. They don't even boycotted the election, they couldn't even be candidates.

Is Venezuela a socialist country?

Yes, it is.

70% of the Venezuela's economy is privately owned?

No, it isn't. In order to be on privately owned you first need private property rights. That's to say, if you own something, you then can put prices to products and even distribute/sell or buy whatever amount you want. That is not the case for Venezuela as most of its economy is actually collectively owned, based on socialist principles.
You can't put prices to products, and you get exprorpriated if you produce basic goods, for example. You can't sell them for profit.
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[Table] IamA porn site owner. AMA!

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Hello. Interesting AMA. Do you make enough to live comfortably? Yes. I grossed just shy of $300,000 last year. I drive a Mercedes and live in a luxury apartment in an expensive area of the country.
Does your family know? Not really. My only concern is with legality and VISA/MC's "BRAM" violations, since they could blacklist me and prevent me from ever accepting credit cards again.
Can I have a free pass? ;-) My sister knows, but my mother doesn't. The rest of my family has passed away or never existed.
Hah. Would if I could, but my site sells clips individually. There are no subscriptions... yet. :)
What does your mother think you do? I went self employed a year ago, but I have another website (which doesn't do as well) that I can point people to. As long as they don't examine it too much they probably wouldn't notice the lack of activity.
Awesome. What is the site name? :-) Lemonparty. ;)
(note: I'm kidding, of course.)
You say what you grossed but what's your margin? And would you accept outside investment? Net profit margins on clips are between 20% and 30%. Tribute margins between 10% and 20%.
Can you elaborate on not having any ethical concerns? What measures do you have in place to make sure the performers in your videos have good working conditions, aren't being coerced or manipulated into performing, aren't victims of human trafficking, etc.? I have no measures in place to prevent those, really. It's more policing them after-the-fact.
The only thing really in place is the ability to report a video, which then flags it for the review of an admin. If the video looks like it could be illegal, we take it offline until the studio can provide proof the video is legal.
According to the DMCA, content platforms cannot be held liable for the content posted by the user to a reasonable extent.
What I meant is I don't have moral concerns about the content of my site. A lot of it is pretty revolting, but it's not my job to judge or deny anyone for their fetish, as long as its within the bounds of the law.
Dad? Grandpas.
I wonder if that site has any serious profit. Everyone knows it. I doubt it... accidental ad clicks, maybe. The thing about advertising is it works best when you sell it to people in your market. I would assume that not many people go, dicks-in-hand, to lemonparty. But if its one thing owning a site like mine has taught me, its to not make assumptions about what materials people look for while "firing the surgeon general".
So by my math you're making around $75k/yr. if you're grossing 300k--surely a comfortable life, but by no means the lap (or crotch, in this case) of luxury. That sounds about right. Maybe less. Sometimes I'll work web contracts to supplement my income. It also helps remind me why I much prefer working for myself. :)
How often do you get a completely inappropriate video that you have to reject? Not too often, but there's some pretty harsh stuff on the site. I really try to look at it objectively. Some of the stuff makes me cringe and is hard to watch. Dudes getting kicked in the balls, for example.
Edit: Willingly, I might add.
Yay, a foremen fan! NICE! I was wondering if anyone was gonna get that reference.
Do you ever visit other porn sites to get off? Or do you stick to your own? I never get hard on my own supply.
Pretty much, the content on my own site isn't for me. We have some very attractive women on the site, but there isn't much traditional porn on the platform.
What's one weird trick that will help me last longer and/or increase the size of my dick? From personal experience? More foreplay.
If you've ever been given blueballs and afterwards pulled out your wang, you'd be surprised at how much bigger it can get. Freaked myself out once after a heavy petting session that wasn't advancing.
How was that username not taken? No idea.
Why did you make this AMA anonymous when you could have used this as a marketing campaign? I'm not really looking to profit off of this. I've read a bunch of awesome AMAs and figured I could contribute and answer some peoples curiosity. When I tell people in person they always have a hundred questions for me.
How long have you been in the industry? Besides, I find it difficult to believe anyone could be into some of the things on my site. I doubt it would boost sales.
Do you still find porn appealing or is it all pretty run-of-the-mill now? About 3 years.
I'm not turned on by many of the videos on my own site, so it hasn't changed porn for me much at all. I stick to beeg and motherless, personally.
Where do you think the future of porn on the internet is headed? The same direction the rest of the web industry is heading. HTML5 / Javascript MVC frameworks. High scalability platforms. The only advantage is there's a serious shortage of talented developers in the adult industry, so those of us who do know these technologies have an upper hand.
all the sites like Redtube/youporn etc... all giving away porn for free has to make a big dent into your profits? We do find our studios' clips on some of these sites. Sometimes a DMCA notice works, sometimes not. However, since the bulk of my customers are into financial domination, they prefer to pay for the clips. We also make a good amount of money from "tributes", which are simply cash donations. Not sure of the legality of tributes, but they're an industry staple.
What is this "financial domination" stuff? Sounds real kinky! I searched for it on a competitors video site but couldn't find anything.. It is indeed a real thing. I've come to learn about some pretty crazy fetishes people have.
FinDom (financial domination) Fart porn / flatulence Hiccups Giantess (look this one up. you won't believe it.)
What is financial domination? "A real thing" isn't really an answer and doesn't really help. Pls describe in further detail. Financial domination is a fetish where men, who are usually in powerful corporate positions, want to give up control. They're usually in charge, but this lets them not be. Sometimes it's via video chat, sometimes its just a video they purchase, but every time it has to do with being called names, told they're not good enough or just worthless "pay piggies". The girls will demand the men give them money, and they do. Usually there's not even any nudity unless its the man getting naked. I've seen some crazy shit with FinDom. Guys with broomsticks up their asses and womens clothes on... whatever the girl wants to do to humiliate the guy.
Sometimes they let the girls control their computer remotely with access to go through their email, send themselves money, etc, while they just watch with their dick in their hand.
It's odd and I don't understand it, but again, I'm not here to judge. I'm here to make money.
One studio I know demanded a man buy her a brand new BMW M3 convertible, and he did. He gave her $10k in cash per month until it was paid off. That's an $80k car.
I wish I was a hot girl... They make pills for that.
That's really crazy, you're basically just giving money away to someone you don't know at all.. It is interesting, but it exists, so I don't question it too much.
I'm looking for porn including a walrus with a tooth brush and their trainer. Do you have anything? EDIT: Of course THIS has to be my highest rated comment... Will an elephant seal and a tourist work? Also, do you care if the tooth brush is motorized?
That depends does the elephant seal have control of the motorized tooth brush? Checking...
What is your technical background? Are you a programmer? Do you manage the tech of the website yourself or is it 'outsourced'? I've been programming full time for professional corporations and agencies for 15 years now. I do manage the tech myself, but I make heavy use of Amazon web services.
Is it legal to post that kind of content on AWS ? It's not not-legal.
Who moves more content than porn sites? AWS would be missing out on a large large profit if they didn't allow adult content.
I'm curious, how much did you make programming before you had this site? My last gig I made $135k. Before that, $120k.
How big was it? We'll just say he's not the king anymore. ;)
Does anyone ever actually click those share buttons? Share to... what? Facebook?
reddit, and google plus, etc. I wouldn't know. I don't have them on our site.
You mentioned good integration with Twitter earlier. That's for marketing? Like you have a twitter account for the site? I have a twitter account for the site, but the twitter integration I spoke of is a feature that lets studios connect their twitter account and have it auto-post a link when their video goes live.
Do you produce original content or do you buy content and resell it? Neither. We grant studios the access to upload their own clips and add their own meta data, set the price, etc. They get a majority % of the sale.
What's the average net profit of a typical clip, from a popular performer(s)? A couple of dollars. Most girls sell clips around $10, and of that they get to keep apx $6 - $7. Our net income for the clips are around 25%-40%. We give better rates to the better performing studios, to keep them interested and using our platform.
Me and my roommate have been toying around with the idea of starting a pron site, I have around 30k saved up, Would that be enough to start a redtube-ish website? Also whats the most expensive part of building a porn site? I.E. Licences , hosting, hardware, Hiring someone to build the website. Nice! Good luck with it. It's a challenging industry. Things that would take 20 minutes on a normal business can take days in the adult industry. (finding a payment processor, for example)
A redtube-style site would be quite a challenge, financially, I think. Policing it could also be pretty difficult.
The most expensive part, for me since I did all of my own design and programming, was getting VISA/MC approval for a high risk account. VISA has a $1000 annual fee and MC has a $500 annual fee, at least through my payment processor. Fees are also ass-rapingly high.
You can make use of Amazon Web Services to lower costs substantially.
How much would you guess it would cost to design and program a video hosting website? Also how hard was it in the beginning to get studios to sell their clips on your site? If I calculated it in hours spent on it myself, looking at around 3 months, so we'll say 500 hours. I charge $65/h if I ever take on freelance clients, so looking at about $32000 for someone at my rate. I'm expensive because of my extensive experience, so you can probably get it done for less.
751 studios 19,138 videos Apx 5000 visits per day - A good number of which are sent directly from the studios to purchase on the site or send a tribute.
Can you give us a rough description of your architecture? What OS/Web servelanguage do you use... Do you use a CDN to serve up the videos or do you host them yourself? And what bits of AWS do you use? How many EC2 instances? The site itself runs on a single server, a VM actually. It runs PHP with CodeIgniter for the framework and MySQL as the database. I make extensive use of CodeIgniter's caching abilities. Once the video is safely on S3, the studios can complete the meta data, pricing, and choose when the video goes live. All the video previews and gifs are uploaded to S3 and served through AWS Cloudfront CDN.
Thanks for your AMA, I'm finding this very interesting. I'm a developer (.net) who is looking for a niche where I can start up my own business... I know I'm not going to get rich working for a someone else... Congrats to you for doing this, and being very successful! Thanks! I'm the same way. I couldn't see myself becoming wealthy as an employee, even though my last paying job as a developer was $135k salaried. I have an FTP server setup where the usernames and passwords are powered by MySQL. Each studio gets their own FTP login. I have a cronjob that will run every few minutes and pick up files that are finished uploading and send them to Amazon S3 after gathering some basic meta information.
Thanks for the replys, Its giving me a valuable insight. One more question, How many people do you have employed? And what are their roles? I have myself, a consultant (she gets a profit split), and an assistant. Other than that, everything is fully automated. I didn't want to have to spend all my time on the site, so everything but customer support is automated -- all the accounting is done through Xero's API and I even have a porn-specific accountant/CPA.
Of the 5000 visits per day, approx. how many actually purchase a clip? Are you able to track repeat purchases (do they have to make an account to buy)? Or do you track another way? A dozen orders, maybe 30 on a good day.
Thank you again for answering my questions. :) No problem. I'm an open book. Feel free to keep asking questions.
Wait, how does that add up? If the site is turning over $300+k, then it should be making $1000 of sales a day. If you are only selling 10-30 clips a day then they would need to cost $30-100 each. Unless there are other revenue streams (such as tributes) which I'm missing? Tributes are at least half of the business.
I'd say you're like an open book with a couple pages stuck shut. ;) slow clap
Double entendre.
That really doesn't add up. you said most of the girls sell their clips for $10, you get 25-40% of that and you sell 12-30 a day. Lets assume the average clips sell for $15 to be safe, and you get 35% of that - you get $5.25 per clip. If you sell 25 in a day, you earn $131. My math may be off -- It's hard to spitball an average price. Some days I don't even look at the numbers. Clips alone can sell between $200 - $600 a day. Tributes sometimes into the multiple thousands in a day.
Have you ever met some of the girls in the videos from the professional studios? If positive, have you done anythign whit said girl/s? I know a few of them personally, but have only met one of them -- the girl who convinced me to build the site. She sleeps in my bed when she's in town, but I don't make any moves. Not sure how I would react if she did.
It may be worth noting at this point that personally, I'm into good girls. Risque women or "bad girls" don't do it for me, generally speaking.
I kid. Relax. Nope. The entire site is completely automated. All I do is approve the invoices in our online accounting software and handle customer support, which takes maybe an hour a week. :)
I wanna make that much money to do nothing! Start a porn site. :)
For me, it made sense as a money generating asset requiring little effort beyond the initial build.
laughs Oh man, my kids would be so proud of me! Seriously though, good on ya for seizing an efficient opportunity when it came your way. I can't hate on that at all. Again, it goes back to money generating assets. Getting money for doing nothing is exactly what you should be aiming for if you want to make lots of money. I can't see myself becoming wealthy while working for someone else.
Again, it goes back to money generating assets. My 'plan' for this just came together recently. I work for myself in the web/internet marketing realm. Focusing on recurring income is very important to financial growth and stability. Even better, recurring income plus economies of scale = wealth. Agreed.
Wow. That last sentence is incredibly poignant. Sorry. :)
It's just the personal conclusion I reached while evaluating my life.
How does your website stand with data privacy? Do you you sell customer's data on to ad companies or do you only make money off of the porn movies? Although it's fairly common industry practice, I don't participate in it. It's odd, but I try to run my business as professionally as possible. No ads, no link exchanges, no share buttons, no privacy violations. Also, I treat my studios with respect as any normal business would to any partner of theirs. It's surprisingly easy to stand out in the porn business when you abide by those rules.
What types of porn will you not let on your site? Spanking, anything that says "forced" or "rape", even if its clearly labeled as theatrical. Obviously nothing illegal... and no "hypnosis". Those are restrictions VISA/MC places on me. I've considered taking bitcoin on the new platform, but now I'm going to wait and see how this senate hearing thing plays out.
What is hypnosis porn? You're getting horny. Verrry horny. Look into my swirly eyes. Give me your monies. Giiive me your moniiieees.
How did you get started in the biz? I've been building websites for fortune 500 companies for 15 years now. Several years ago I reconnected with a girl I knew from IRC who did "financial domination" clips and cam shows. A few years ago (3 or so) she began suggesting I build a clip site. After a few months of this, and running numbers on what potential profits could be, I decided to do it.
Who did you have to bang to get that job? I had to bang keys for 12 years to teach myself how to program. From there it's just about having enough fortitude to start a business, and even moreso with an adult business. There's a certain stigma involved. Most people know me as "the guy with the porn site".
Why are there "Like" buttons and share buttons on porn sites? I have no idea. Who would share the porn they're watching? Kind of a personal thing.
Do you ever get approached by angry moms or family members asking you to take down their loved ones from the site? Not yet.
Maybe a weird question, but do you have to do a lot in your day to day life or is it something on the background where you have a lot of time? I don't have to do much at all. The site runs itself. I answer between 1 and 3 customer support emails per day and approve payouts to the studios once a month.
Other than that, I spend my time on my other business ideas and websites. Or I'll just sleep all day... Whatever I want to do, really.
Thats the dream. And probably the only reason I run my site. :)
Ever thought of taking a second job? i mean with that less stuff to do you can add another job for more money. I could, but my freedom to build my own businesses means more to me than income. As long as I can pay my bills and have my freedom, then I'm good.
Not sure if you're still on, but you really inspire me. I'm shitty with computers, and I plan on majoring in computer sciences(moreso in networking) and just reading your replies gives me hope that someday I'll have enough experience to start my own business/build clientele. Thanks. I'm not a big porn fan or anything, it's just a way I found to make ends meet while I work on my real plan. :)
Have you noticed any issues with piracy? Occasionally. I've found most people who spend money on the site either don't want to share something they've paid for, or would have an incredibly difficult time doing so.
What I mean is, a good portion of our demographic are middle-eastern men proxying through misc servers all over the US. They'd have a rough time uploading clips to another site.
Interesting demographics. People living in the Middle East, or just from there? Living in the middle east. Places where this kind of content is more than banned.
Any idea if this is normal for other sites as well? From what I understand, it's common for clip sites, financial domination sites and religious fetish sites.
So you circumvent piracy by offering content to people who aren't likely to distribute it? Is that your business model or just a happy coincidence? I have to say I'm surprised a porn site could be profitable considering how much free stuff there is out there. Don't sites like YouPorn and RedTube bury you? Happy coincidence. They totally bury me in traffic. I've found a niche that works well, though.
Is it true all the talent is now moving from Cali due to the condom laws and going to Las Vegas? I haven't heard too much about it from inside the industry. We do have a good amount of studios in Las Vegas, Florida, and England.
England. How is the industry over here? Strong on the seller side. The buyer side is particularly weak.
What do you think about 3D porn and virtual reality porn? 3D Porn is interesting, as is VR. I'm more interested in network controlled adult toys. I think its the future.
Agree about the network controlled toys. Have there been any newer advancements in this area that you know of? Theres a few newer ones on the market... a his & hers USB powered vibrator set I recently discovered. It might have been on kickstarter. It wasn't related to my site, I just came across it online.
How many times have people in videos sued or tried to take any legal action against you? None.
My biggest competitor did threaten to sue me, though. And they've gone after my top studios, trying to get them to leave my site... slandering my business in the process.
Can you sue for defamation or slander? You can.
I don't need to lose in court, I just need to be lawyer-fee'd to death. :(
Since you've been doing this for only a couple of years and it has been so financially successful for you, have you considered branching out into different types of porn sites? Or is this "buy a clip" the best business model you have found? I wouldn't want to do other types. The buy content/sell subscriptions never really worked for me as a customer, and the redtube style sites don't work for me numbers-wise. I'm very anti-advertising, so I wouldn't want to rely on that as a source of revenue. My consultant has tried to get me to create a thumb-gallery style site, but I'm not fond of the idea.
We are working on a new platform, though, which will require customer accounts and lets them stream the videos they unlock through HTML5 video. We've also reorganized the new platform into fetish verticals so we can try to capitalize on that. Our current discovery process admittedly sucks. There's a lot of videos on our site that are in the dark.
Do you see free sites such as pornhub and redtube as a source of lost profit? I don't see them as a threat. Some of the studios do, though. I've been told my new platform shouldn't have the video previews I'm planning (20 seconds of footage), as guys "jack off to the previews". I think it's better for the customer, though.
What day see's the most traffic on your site? Historically, Tuesdays. No idea why. Sundays are the slowest, by far.
I have always wanted to put my skills as an interaction designer to good use, by simply creating such a site as yours, especially for mobile devices or wearables. Augmented r porn ftw. You wouldn't need an intro, per se, it just helps. You could take out advertising on popular sites in your micro-industry and get some studios coming in. You could also tweet the studios directly, as they watch their twitter pretty well (it's how a lot of them communicate with their "pay-piggies").
However getting the content has always been the biggest issue (even in the netherlands)... If you never have met this girl that initially gave you the idea to start this up, would you've managed? Or is it near impossible to get enough good content to get started, without good contacts and, lets say, about 30k in cash? I would not have built the site without my consultant. It took a considerable amount of nudging from her to get me to build the site.
I know which website is yours :P Other than the people uploading clips, how many employees do you have and what are their jobs? :)
Just myself and my consultant (she also runs a studio). I have another "employee" who is helping me on another endeavor with the same parent company, currently uncompensated, whom I referred to as my assistant in another answer similar to this. Don't tell her that, though. She's much more helpful than an assistant.
How does someone find a job (not even a career!) in this field? My talents are webdesign and html(5)/css3. But I also wouldn't mind filming / writing / even acting although I'm out of shape. I just like porn that much. That -- I have no idea. Sorry.
Tl;dr and question: In Britain certain extreme content is becoming potentially illegal and porn, especially of certain types, is being vilified by the government. 1) What personal rules do you observe in terms of content you allow? 2) Are there any censorship rules in America that do/could affect content you post of extreme porno, and how do you deal with them? 2) As far as I'm aware, there aren't many rules about it. I haven't been gifted with too many "extreme porn" studios, though, so that's been a blessing. It makes me quite a bit uncomfortable.
Wouldn't you make more money offering the clips for free and making money off ad revenue? Probably not. That would require massive traffic which is both expensive to attain and expensive to pay for the bandwidth. My customers come to the site looking to spend money, and they don't get any big video files until they've paid for them. Additionally, splitting revenue with the studios would be considerably more difficult.
How often do you fap? No more than the average reddit user.
So all the time? I may or may not be fapping right now.
How old are you? Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life? Generally it seems that being your own boss is your dream job, but what specifically would you most like to do as your primary source of income? Or does this not matter to you? I'm in my late 20s. I don't see myself doing this for the rest of my life, but this is a means to free up my time. My time is invaluable to me since I can spend it building businesses outside the adult arena.
It matters very much to me. I'm not a genius and I'm not a wonder child. I started below middle class. I've had to work 4x harder than a lot of the talented people in my industry. The important thing is that I understand this and I'm willing to put the work in.
"What I lack in talent, I make up for with raw tenacity." - Henry Rollins.
Is is awkward or embarrassing saying what you do to friends and family? What about in relationships? If I were making millions, I'd be a little less "embarrassed". It's not so much embarrassing, I just understand that in current society it's frowned upon. For example, if I were looking for a job, some companies may not hire me because of my site. Some girls wouldn't date me because of it. It really depends on the person I tell.
Are you considering retiring soon or do you really wanna see your site take off? I've gone back and forth on whether or not to finish the new platform, but its so cool from a technological standpoint. Plus, I'm sitting on 20,000 clips with full permission to sell -- how could I not make a better site and give it a real go?
Do you watch your own clips? For humor content, sometimes yes. Nothing like a gorgeous girl backing her ass up to the camera and ripping the LOUDEST, JUICIEST fart you can imagine. I have pulled stomach muscles laughing at some of the clips.
Other than that, the content doesn't really interest me.
What is your view on 'NoFap'? or furthermore, the emerging evidence that porn addiction is a widespread problem that is affecting thousands/millions of people? I wasn't aware of it. I don't really have an opinion? I think as with all things, moderation is key. A lot of people are addicted to alcohol, but nobody is shaming liquor stores. At the end of the day, nobody is responsible for you but yourself. Might be a Libertarian thing, though.
Working hard, or hardly working? :D. I see this, and I understand it.
Do you have a girlfriend or wife? What did they think of the idea? I don't. But quite a few girls know and don't really care.
What's the difference between a website like yours and websites like the nsfw version of youtube? My site sells clips. You buy a clip for a price, you download it and its yours to view over and over. We have a profit sharing split with the studios who produced the clip. We're essentially a video sales platform.
How does the whole licensing thing go? Just shoot an email to a porn studio and be like "hey can I use your videos on my website? You get 30% of the revenue (; (; (;" I've always wondered how this sort of stuff worked in the "entertainment" field. They have to sign up on my site. I send out 1099s to domestic studios at the end of the year.
How did you get started, what made you decide to run a porn site? I had a friend who urged me to make it (She runs a studio). After about a year of constantly asking, and the timing was right, we ran numbers and it looked doable.
Do you have a fav porn star? I don't really have any favorites. I prefer "good girls".
Hi, do you ever have any trouble getting developers and designers to work on an 'Adult' website? I've never tried.
Also, can you recommend an adult payment gateway provider? As for the payment gateway, I'd recommend Netbilling. They'll work with you to find a merchant account provider and a gateway partner (they don't sell direct).
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