Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop is the founder of MakeLoveNotPorn and one of the speakers at the Fast Forward Forum 2019.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your current role

I’m founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld and founder of MakeLoveNotPorn – ‘Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference’ – a social sextech platform.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

No. Everything in my career has happened by accident. Sir John Hegarty, my boss at BBH, had a brilliant mantra – “Do interesting things and interesting things will happen to you.”

I totally believe in that. I have done interesting things and interesting things have happened to me as a result. Everything in my career has happened by accident.

What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?

I don’t think I have been successful. I won’t deem myself successful until I have scaled and grown MakeLoveNotPorn into a social sex revolution worldwide. I wont be successful until we have socialised sex, made it easier for everyone to discuss and promote consent, communication, good sexual values and good sexual behaviour. I haven’t succeeded yet – so I don’t think I have been successful.

But if you do want to aim for success, you need to know two things:

  1. The only person who can make things happen for you is you
  2. The single best moment in my life was when I realised that I no longer gave a damn what anyone thinks. Fear of what other people think is the single most paralysing dynamic in both business and life. You will never own or invent the future if you care what people think of you. Not giving a damn what anyone thinks is the only way to live your life.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Don’t give a damn what anybody thinks.

What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?

My next challenge is my current challenge – scaling and growing Make Love Not Porn, to change the world through sex.