Porn propelled it!

Ever wonder how you have the luxury to online shop? How online payments are safe and secure? Well, you’d be surprised who’s to thank for this marvel. The porn industry. Wait, what? Yes, perverts are responsible for the rapid commercialization of the internet.  Think about it. You don’t necessarily need to buy your groceries or clothes online. This is merely a 21st century, first world delight. But porn, you would most likely prefer to conceal your identity for the consumption of that one. Maybe you wouldn’t want to ‘share’ that on your Facebook, much less invite your ‘friends’ to play. No sir. This isn’t candy crush.

The porn industry moved online and what a relief that was. No more walking into an XXX shop or XXX section of the video-store with a kid smirking at you knowing what you’re after and the mother tugging him away, abhorred. Great, now you can be a perv within the comfort and confines of your 4 bedroom walls. But, we need to find a way to make all these consumers pay! Thus, the online tech revolution began. The race was on.

“[Back in 1996] there was just a single company processing payments, one doing security and another doing hosting. Today, there are hundreds of companies in each vertical, signalling both an increase in demand and competition,” asserts  Michael Plant an organizer for Qwebec Expo, a B2B conference for tech companies in the adult online industry.

The focus shifted from content creation to the tech side of things. Therefore, all this advancement was for the facilitation of payment for pornography and not to sell knickknacks and slacks with the help of Paypal. So, when looking at the history of the internet it is interesting to note what sparked innovation and creative solutions. “We’ve got some of the best minds in software engineering and programming, and that is in part due to Montreal’s reputation as ‘Silicon Valley North,’” claims MindGeek vice-president Catherine Dunn. Good going Montreal. We now know the two undoubtedly go hand in hand. Nerds + Porn. A recipe for technological success.

Mindgeek owns 8/10 largest porn companies on the Internet. If you don’t believe me visit their site. No worries, there is 0 porn on there and you WON’T have to clear your cookies and browsing history. It is astonishing to see how little of this industry actually has to do with the content that might be taboo.

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