Spicecash CEO Takes Home 2015 XBIZ Exec Award for Progressive Leadership

BOSTON — Colin Rowntree, founder ofWasteland.com and co-founder of Boodigo.com, has taken home the 2015 Progressive Leadership of the Year XBIZ Exec Award.

Rowntree, founder of BDSM-oriented Wasteland Studios now in its 21st year, was honored by the recognition.

“I want to thank XBIZ for this incredible honor,” Rowntree said.

Founded in 1994, Wasteland.com has received a variety of adult industry awards, including the 2012 XBIZ Award for Specialty/Alternative Site of the Year.

Wasteland.com has been featured by HBO, Wired and the BBC, and has won dozens of industry awards, including the  winner of the Free Speech Coalition’s Leadership Award.

Rowntree also is one of the founders of Boodigo.com. A collaboration between Rowntree, his wife and Sssh. com owner Angie Rowntree and the development firm 0x7a69 Inc., adult search engine BoodiGo made its official launch in late September.

“For months, all we’d been hearing about is the government and private sector alike tracking web users and data-mining the living hell out of unsuspecting consumers,” Rowntree said. “We figured the time was right for a search engine which was explicit about not doing any of that.”

“It’s a bit counterintuitive to some people, the idea of a porn-specific search engine proactively screening out specific porn sites,” Rowntree said, “But one of our biggest frustrations in recent years is seeing sites which offer pirated Wasteland and Sssh videos appearing above us in the major search engine’s response pages, and we knew others in the industry were experiencing the same thing, so we made a commitment to ourselves and to the industry: Pirate sites are not welcome on BoodiGo.”

Presented by Fleshlight and hosted by adult superstars James Deen, the 2015 XBIZ Awards ceremony took place last week at JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, amidst the XBIZ 360 event series.

Sssh.com Wins XBiz “Best Adult Site” Award

BOSTON — Sssh.com has taken home the 2015 XBIZ Award for Alternative Site of the Year.

“It’s such an honor to win this award,” said Angie Rowntree, founder of Sssh. com. “I want to thank XBIZ, and everyone who has put in many hours of hard work to make Sssh. com an award winning website.”

Launched in 1999, Sssh. com has garnered praise in both the adult and mainstream media for its sex-positive, female-friendly content. The site has been featured by TIME, ABC’s Nightline, London Sunday Times, Elle, the BBC and Le Figaro, among others.

Sssh. com thrives on innovation and thinking outside the box.

“We are so proud of our accomplishments” states Rowntree. “Between our main site, Sssh. com we also produce #SexTalkTuesday, a Twitter chat show, MindBrowse.Com a live streaming talk show, and a virtual world or two. Wait ‘till you see what 2015 brings!”

Presented by Fleshlight and hosted by adult superstar James Deen, the 2015 XBIZ Awards ceremony took place on Jan. 15 at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles, amidst the XBIZ 360 event series.

Sssh.com Owner Angie Rowntree Inducted into AVN Hall of Fame

angie-rowntreeLOS ANGELES—Sssh.com founder and owner Angie Rowntree is being inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, Internet Founders Division, in recognition of her efforts to establish and grow a market for erotica made by women, for women.

“Since its inception, Sssh.com has become a favorite online destination for an extraordinary diversity of women of all ages and from all walks of life, in ways Angie herself never could have imagined,” AVN said in a release announcing its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. “It is for this singular achievement, as well as for her invaluable contributions to the success of Wasteland.com, that Angie’s place as an adult industry original is secure.”

Rowntree said that while it’s an incredible honor to be inducted into AVN’s Hall of Fame in any capacity, she’s particularly gratified to be recognized in connection with Sssh.com, calling it “an honor that seemed unlikely when I first started Sssh.com in 1999.”

“Being the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame as the owner of porn-for-women website is an amazing feeling, especially given that so many people didn’t think there was a market for this sort of content back when I first launched Sssh.com,” Rowntree said. “I stuck with my goals for Sssh in spite of the skeptics, and it has grown and flourished beyond what even I had expected. This honor from AVN is another indication of just how far Sssh.com has come from its humble beginnings.”

Rowntree added that in the year ahead, Sssh.com will be adding new interactive features for the members that will further enhance the site’s value as a source of both entertainment and information.

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