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Q&A With Andrew Conru of FriendFinder Networks

Q&A With Andrew Conru of FriendFinder Networks
FriendFinder Networks founder Andrew Conru is firmly planted in the driver's seat leading the social entertainment giant and Penthouse brands. Conru took over the reigns as CEO in January after the company filed a plan of reorganization and key execs stepped aside. The plan, once implemented, was d... More »

WIA Profile: Lynn Swanson

WIA Profile: Lynn Swanson
Each month, industry news media organization XBIZ spotlights the career accomplishments and outstanding contributions of Women in Adult. WIA profiles offer an intimate look at the professional lives of the industry's most influential female executives. In 30 years, Lynn Swanson has traversed the up... More »

Changing the Game: Kheper Games Reaches 20-Year Milestone

Changing the Game: Kheper Games Reaches 20-Year Milestone
June not only marked the 20th anniversary of Kheper Games, it also denoted another milestone for the company – reaching its 20 millionth game sold. Kheper Games, Inc. started in 1994 as Kheper Publishing. “I started Kheper Games, Inc. in 1994, shortly after graduating college,” K... More »

The Buzz Behind Cloud Hosting

The Buzz Behind Cloud Hosting
The cloud. It’s everywhere (kind of literally, actually) and everyone’s talking about it. But what the hell is it? The cloud is used to market so many different services and technologies that it’s hard to know what you’re being sold, and unless you know the inside details, ch... More »

Initiating a UDRP Claim

Initiating a UDRP Claim
During the 1990s, the Internet emerged as a common platform upon which individuals and businesses, for both commercial and other purposes, could interact and conduct business via websites. As is commonly understood, websites are identified by a domain name, such as Yahoo.com. As the Internet grew, a... More »

The Art of the Upsell

The Art of the Upsell
Since 2006 my company Elevated X has sold CMS software used by thousands of adult pay sites including the official sites of dozens of studio brands. I like to login to my customers’ sites from time to time to see what people are doing. When I look at studio sites I see a lot of similarities bu... More »

Giving Your Website a Health Check

Giving Your Website a Health Check
In addition to logging into sites run by my CMS software customers, I join a good number of websites throughout the year. Once in a while I’m impressed but usually surprised is the word that comes to mind. What’s surprising is that it’s not uncommon to see broken links, missing pag... More »

Pleasure Products, Sophistication & Sales

Pleasure Products, Sophistication & Sales
It’s no secret that one of the few adult industry market segments that continues to experience strong growth in revenue is the pleasure products sector. At a time in which it seems that virtually every adult content product is readily available for free on the Internet (whether or not the prod... More »

A Man’s World: Male Sex Toy Sales Continue Upward Trajectory

A Manâs World: Male Sex Toy Sales Continue Upward Trajectory
For many years, the very idea of a “male sex toy” was regarded by most people as something of a joke. The term brought to mind images of cheap, rubberized blowup dolls and their ludicrous puckered mouths, or clumsy penis pumps that looked more like medieval torture devices than something... More »

Et Tu, Google? (Redux Version)

Et Tu, Google? (Redux Version)
Almost exactly a year ago, this column took up the subject of Google Glass, and more specifically, Google’s decision to establish content and development policies that prohibited the creation of sexually explicit apps for Google’s new wearable hardware. I also noted that as a search engi... More »

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