• As Promised, Zivity Founder Does The Full Monty

    As Promised, Zivity Founder Does The Full Monty

    I wrote two weeks ago that Zivity founder Cyan Banister was not just an executive at her adult-focused photography startup, she was beginning to model for it as well. At the time, though, she was still partially clothed. Now, she’s starting to go “full monty.” She appears topless in five photos included in a new set titled “When in Paris.” I’ve included one… Read More

  • Zivity Founder Bares All To Promote Her Startup

    Zivity is definitely one of the most controversial startups of 2007. It’s the first (as far as we know) adult site to have received Silicon Valley backing, including an announced $1 million angel round. And they certainly livened things up at the TechCrunch40 conference a few months ago. They went last, and their demo contained enough nudity to make much of the crowd shift uneasily in their… Read More

  • TechCrunch40 Session 8: Entertainment for All Ages

    TechCrunch40 Session 8: Entertainment for All Ages

    We’re live blogging each session, adding to the summary of each company direct from the floor of TechCrunch 40. Click Refresh to view. FlowPlay FlowPlay is a virtual world community built around browser-based casual games. Users play casual games as their own created anime-like avatar, earning virtual goods for their character including clothing, refrigerators and other virtual store items. Read More

  • Zivity: Silicon Valley Elite Dabble in Adult Content

    Porn is big business, and the industry has been quick to adapt by copying successful features of new consumer Internet sites. But one thing we haven’t seen until now: respected Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors taking a direct interest in funding or running these sites. The potential payoff from a successful adult site is clearly too high for Silicon Valley to continue to ignore the… Read More