Boodigo.com let’s you find porn without providing you a computer virus.
Angie and Colin Rowntree are porn legends. They’re also married. In 1994, they founded the D/s website Wasteland.com together, and in 1999, Angie began the very first ever porn site for women, by women, called Sssh.com. Now they’ve launched Boodigo.com, a safe search engine to find pornography that’s not pirated or total of viruses, and that won’t steal all of your information along the way.
I spoke with them about how they went from selling jewelry to producing porn, and how their fresh business venture is making it a lot lighter to find good porn online. Earnestly these people are wonderful.
How did you guys very first meet?
Colin Rowntree: We met back in the early 1990s. I was at the Boston bounty display when she came in my booth and that’s where we met.
So neither of you worked in porn at the time. How did you get into the industry?
Colin:We began a mail-order catalog for metaphysical jewelry together, and then when we went to the Fresh York bounty demonstrate, I discovered this line of leather sort of fetish and restrain bondage items, corsets and handcuffs, stuff like that called Babylon leather. I went up and talked to them and said, “We do mail order if you’d be interesting if having some of your stuff in mail order” and they said, “Absolutely.” So they gave me a entire set of truly, indeed nice photography, indeed, truly gorgeous women in clothing, pretty PG-rated, it wasn’t porny at all.
We put together this catalog and then I thought, I wonder if we put some of these things up on the Internet if people will order a catalog. So we scanned everything in and put it up, and within a week we were just getting hammered with traffic coming in, and this is in 1994. So that’s what set the entire thing off.
Then we were at an adult industry event and Angie said, “You know, there’s no porn for women.” So she’s talking to all the guys at the shows and and one boy goes, “Oh, women won’t buy porn,” and she said, “I don’t think you’re right.” So she got together a squad of women writers and photographers and filmmakers and lovemaking educators and things, and over a course of a year, they developed our erotica and porn site for women, Sssh.com, and that was the very first for women, by women erotica site.
Has working in the same business affected your relationship at all?
Angie Rowntree: I accomplished what I desired to accomplish with Sssh.com, but my problem has still been with the industry, our peers. Colin is recognized as the director of Wasteland, but I’m the director of Sssh and I edit Sssh and I treatment the models and I’m the editor for the content, and I find that so frustrating because if you look at our movies and the interaction, I’m like, Does it look like a fellow directed that? So it’s truly, truly nice that at every chance, Colin will step up to the plate and say, “No, Sssh.com is hers.”
What led you to create a porn search engine that also doesn’t promote piracy or harvest user information?
Colin: Angie and I were just experiencing frustration with things like Google and Bing. Anybody who’s searching in there is getting their data mined. It’s not an anonymous or safe setting whatsoever. So we determined well, why don’t we make a search engine that is totally safe, anonymous, and https encrypted? Don’t set cookies, don’t capture IP addresses. We talked to our developer and he said, “Well, it just so happens that I just took on four fresh programmers who were all refugees from Google, and they left because of the very reasons that you’re frustrated, this entire data mining thing.
Angie: Google does a fine job as a search engine in terms of providing back relevant results, but yeah, it’s hurting the adult industry. I get so frustrated when I used to go to Google and I would type in “Stoya” and then all of a unexpected I see a torrent that says, “Don’t pay for this porn starlet’s website. Download it for free!” And it’s like years of this. At what point are the producers not going be able to make more movies? Because I have people I have to pay. I have an editor, I have cameras, I have equipment, I have performers. We feed our performers! We also put them in hotels, we pay for transportation, we have computers and rendering. Where am I going to get the money from if people aren’t, you know, paying for their porn like they would any other movie? And at what point are we just all going to stop because nobody can afford to produce it anymore? When I go to Boodigo and search for Stoya, the very first thing that comes up is Stoya’s website. That’s what I want.
So how is the site actually making money?
Colin: Well, we’re not. We do have a system in place we’re going to roll out, I’m guessing some time soon, called BoodiAds. It’s going to be your traditional “you can sign up for ads and choose the keywords you want and it will display up in the right-hand column based on if you got the best bid on it.” Within the very first 24 hours of this launch we had over 1 million visitors, which tells me this is something people truly want.
Why did you end up calling it Boodigo?
Colin: Well, never let programmers have free reign on naming stuff! They had come up with Boodigo and we said, “What does that mean?” and they said, “It means nothing!”
Yeah, that sounds like programmers. What are your lives like outside of working on these websites and being in this industry?
Colin: Ours are very likely more normal and mundane than anybody I know. We live in a petite town in Fresh Hampshire, Angie breeds Labrador retrievers as a side hobby, and I restore old wooden boats. We have a nice backyard that I go and mow. Three or four times a year, we will go to an adult trade demonstrate, but for the most part, our version of real big joy was like last week, we went down to Martha’s Vineyard for a few days. We’re just kind of quintessential normal people. We don’t wear sunglasses at night.