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Make Love Not Porn founder wants to make the Y Combinator for porn

NEW YORK CITY — Have an adult-themed startup idea? Cindy Gallop, the outspoken founder of Make Love Not Porn, wants your number.

“I would like to start the Y Combinator for porn,” Gallop said this morning at the Start conference in New York City. She noted “there is nobody in the world to mentor” startups related to the adult industry.

Given her difficult experience funding Make Love Not Porn — a process that took around two years — she wants to lend a hand to companies that dare tread into adult entertainment. The announcement came during a panel on hype around startups, moderated by TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis and David Tisch, co-founder of TechStars NYC.

“The people whose brilliant brains are in this room have no interest in this [porn-related startups],” Gallop said, while Tisch looked on with a “get me the heck out of here” expression.

The idea seemed more pie-in-the-sky for Gallop, who has been described as “one of New York’s boldest technocultural ringleaders” by Vice. She’s still busy building up Make Love Not Porn, a site dedicated to promoting more realistic portrayals of adult entertainment, so her Y Combinator-esque ambitions are likely a long way off.

Given how squeamish traditional investors are around anything porn-related, the door is certainly wide open for an accelerator that caters to risque startups.

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