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.

Wasteland.com Nominated for Best Niche Website

CYBERSPACE—In the beginning of BDSM online, there was Wasteland.com, the ancestor of all kinky web and mobile sites. After 17 years of providing perversion to its members, the site has been nominated for a YNOT Award for Best Niche Website.

The hardcore fetish site and online community has been the leader in genuine top-quality content for nearly two decades, creating high-end artistic images within a safe, unique and visually groundbreaking virtual network for the BDSM collective.

“I am delighted with this nomination, especially as I have a very fond place in my pornographic heart for YNOT,” says Colin Rowntree, founder of Wasteland.com. “Back in 1995 when we were getting Wasteland.com going, the very first webmaster discussion board came online, YNOT Network, operated by Rick Muenyong. The first batch of members was a group of 11 or 12 of us that were the pioneers of online adult. Just after that, the first tradeshow came to be – Cybernet Expo – run by the “grandmother” of online adult shows, Faye Sharp. Between those two entities, the foundations of Python, Silvercash, CyberErotica, Naughty.com, Wasteland and others helped each other figure out how to put porn on the internet and make if vastly profitable in those early days. Several years later, Faye retired from the tradeshow scene and YNOT under the new helm of YNOT Bob, and later, Jay and Connor, took it over.”

Rowntree continues, “I am thrilled to see how the new YNOT has carefully grown and is now flourishing. YNOT is one of the cornerstones of the adult industry online. Yes, I am honored to get the nomination from them (heck, we got the Peoples Choice award from them in 1997!) and look forward to watching YNOT continue to hold its stature as possibly the adult B2B portal that has a consistent track record of 16 years of integrity and service to the adult webmaster community.”

In addition to the YNOT Award nomination, other Wasteland.com achievements include winning AVN’s Best Fetish Site for two years, receiving the XBIZ 2010 Excellence in Alternative Erotica / Best Specialty Site of the Year and being presented Cybernet Expo’s People’s Choice Award.

The YNOT Awards will take place during the European Summit inPragueon September 21, 2011.

How Wasteland.com Dragged One of Mankind’s Oldest Obsessions Into the 21st Century

CYBERSPACE – Colin and Angie Rowntree had no idea what to expect when they launched their fledgling website, Wasteland.com, in 1994. The internet was a veritable question mark at the time – but 17 years later, their lonely corner of the virtual universe has become a leading light in the online adult pantheon of perversion.

Like so many successful projects, this one might easily have never happened. The Rowntrees have faithfully nurtured the fetish destination and a plethora of other enticingly niche-out websites, was producing a mail-order catalogue that featured kinky clothing when he started the site quite by accident, more as a lark than anything else.

“I threw some naughty photos up to see if they would stick. Little did I know that I was building one of the first internet adult paysites on the web, much less one devoted to the kinkier arts,” mused the veteran webmaster. “I mean, I had a feeling we were starting something new and special, but to see how much we’ve been able to accomplish comes as a little bit of a shock to me, to tell you the truth. It’s all sped by so quickly.”

Besides its longevity, there are other equally compelling reasons why international media and entertainment outlets like the BBC, Wired and HBO have sung the praises of Wasteland over the years. The outfit not only offers a truly authentic experience for members of the BDSM community — a community that has existed for centuries in diverse societies around the world — but it also has managed to maintain that authenticity while embracing a myriad of technological innovations. It’s the old cliché about porn being a tech leader — with a decidedly kinky flourish!

Today, the Wasteland universe is as expansive as the human imagination. Its network of niche properties focus on hardcore BDSM, erotica by and for women, Japanese underground bondage, alternative Hentai, vintage 90s teen content, FemDom reality and BBW-focused BDSM site. Other websites are AmishBondage.com and other viral sites, including InsideWasteland.com, which offers behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, bloopers and interviews from Wasteland-produced films;KinkForKindle.com, which gives away free 19th-century classic S&M eBooks branded with Wasteland original photography; wastelandmobile.com, the first BDSM premium site for smart phones and mobile devices; and Wasteland’s EroticVision Channel on Roku IPTV.

Wasteland clearly spans the ages, with one foot in an ancient world of primitive urges and the other in an exciting universe of anything-goes electronics. Comfortable in either setting, Rowntree insists that the bleeding-edge technologies he loves to play around with have only invigorated the works of Wasteland and further engaged the senses of his loyal members.

“It turns out that people who buy Kindles and Nook and who read sado-masochistic novels also collect gadgets and can be pretty easily convinced that they need to buy a Roku IPTV box to watch Wasteland S&M movies in high definition on their living room television for a mere $34.95 a month! Who knew? The end result is edifying. I get to edit the works of de Sade and some of the great 19th-century British S&M novels, sprinkle them full of Wasteland erotic photography, put them on our domain KinkForKindle.com … and make them available for free!”

In fact, Wasteland has been such a consistent innovator over the years that it has taken home numerous accolades for its work, including Best Fetish Site two years in a row from AVN, the XBIZ 2010 Excellence in Alternative Erotica award and Best Specialty Site of the Year and Cybernet Expo’s Peoples Choice Award. Rowntree also is an AVN Hall of Fame inductee, Founders Division, and received the Free Speech Coalition Leadership Award in 2011.

“Watching the library of movies I have directed for Wasteland over the years suddenly light up in high def on my living room TV over Roku IPTV and then, at the other end of the size scale, watch them light up on IPhone, iPads and Androids, I find myself eagerly anticipating the same pleasurable reaction when we go on The Cloud next month, making our movies stream faster and more ‘dominant’ all over the world,” said Rowntree, adding, “After so many years, the perverse pleasure remains. Forget about porn addiction. I am addicted to the freedom to quickly come up with new ideas, put them into action to see if they work; and if they do, being able to deliver sacks of new BDSM and fetish goodies to consumers around the world, and bags of money to our affiliates. When it all clicks, I can literally feel the pleasure centers in my brain explode.”

It is a sensation that can be shared at Wasteland.com and its associated properties.

Sssh.com: Feeding Women’s Spirits and Libidos

LOS ANGELES—Sssh.com, the erotica and sexuality website designed and maintained for women by women, is expert at feeding women’s sensual appetites. But as women, the staff, contributors and members realize the distaff side of humanity is much more than the sum of erogenous zones. That’s why Sssh.com has embarked upon a new philanthropic initiative to help women feed their hearts and souls, as well.

Beginning in August, Sssh.com will donate a percentage of monthly revenue to charitable organizations serving worthy causes worldwide. Each organization will be chosen based on a commitment to excellence, accomplishment of stated goals and ratio of funds distribution (direct application to the cause vs. administrative expense). The list of potential beneficiaries includes social, medical and environmental charities that get little attention and deserve so much more. Some are large associations known for touching lives in positive ways. Others are small but cutting-edge research foundations determined to cure debilitating diseases. Still others are cultural and community outreach programs devoted to enriching lives.

Sssh.com’s members will select each month’s beneficiary, giving women a voice in ensuring dollars go where they will do the most good.

“There’s nothing that feeds the spirit quite as much as offering assistance and comfort where we can, in whatever form we can. Here at Sssh.com, we believe in supporting worthy causes and invite the members of our community to participate in helping us choose the charity we support each month,” said founder and owner Angie Rowntree.

Each month, the Sssh.com staff will select one charity in each of five categories: Arts and Culture, Medical and Health Research, Animal Advocacy and Protection, Community and Social Outreach, and Environmental Research and Protection. Votes from the Sssh.com community will determine the charity to receive that month’s donation. The following month, five new charitable organizations will be submitted for members’ votes. August’s nominees, respectively, are the Australian Ballet, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (U.S.), the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Doctors Without Borders (headquartered in France) and Andigena (Venezuela).

“As Sssh.com has members from all over the world, we’ve included charities from many of the countries where our members reside,” Rowntree said. “We’re always interested in hearing about causes not already on our list. Organizations and foundations that would like to be included may email us at editor@sssh.com.”

Each month’s beneficiary will be announced at the beginning of the following month.

Wasteland.com Offers Shelter from the Storm to Fetish Talent

NEW HAMPSHIREBDSM website Wasteland.com has opened its New Hampshire doors to fetish talent on or near the Eastern seaboard who desire safety and security this weekend as Hurricane Irene begins her punishing march up the coastline.

“It is important that our compound, which is fully capable of withstanding some of the fiercest weather conditions, be open to everyone in our community who is in need of a place to stay as Hurricane Irene begins to affect our lives and the safety of our families,” said Colin Rowntree, founder of Wasteland.com.

“We already have talent and performers from New York, Massachusetts and neighboring states making their way towards our place on high ground northwest of Boston,” he added. “Here they have a place to rest, food supplies, lots of generators, a dedicated internet line and everything else needed to maintain contact with their families while conducting their everyday lives with as little disruption as possible.”

Even if you have not worked with Wasteland.com, if you are a fetish performer in need contact the company at mail@rowntree.net.

Sssh.com Graces Pages of Time Magazine

Sssh.com Helps Time Magazine Columnist with Penis Question

LOS ANGELES—The owner and founder of Sssh.com, the world’s sexiest and most informative female friendly website, recently provided some much-needed sexual etiquette advice to Time magazine columnist Joel Stein, who had reached out to her with a delicate question: specifically, should he start sexting pictures of his penis?

In the June 8 column entitled, “America’s Next Top Weiner,” Stein also mused, “Is this something I’ll need to teach my son how to do? What’s the right age to take photos of your penis? Because, at 2, he can already use an iPhone and admire his penis.”

Seeking the help of experts, Stein’s first stop was with Sssh.com founder Angie Rowntree, who was only too happy to assist, though the query from a nationally known journalist did come as a surprise.

“I just assumed a Time magazine columnist would be more hip to sexting etiquette,” said Rowntree. “But I was glad to help, and by the end of our conversation I think he was much better informed regarding the essential do’s and don’t of penis self-portraiture and promotion.”

Essentially, Rowntree’s advice was that, as far as most women are concerned, spreading the penis photo love around is a really, really bad idea. By the end of his journey of sexual self-discovery, Stein appeared to agree, even if he didn’t seem too happy about it!

The Stein column can be read here.

Time is the world’s largest weekly news magazine, and has a domestic audience of 20 million and a global audience of 25 million.

Sssh.com Founder Shares ‘What Women Want’ with Examiner.com

LOS ANGELES—Angie Rowntree, the owner and founder of Sssh.com, the only female friendly web site that delivers ‘everything sex’ in the form of informative, entertaining and intelligent manner content created by women for women, opened up to Examiner.com journalist Sarah Estrella, sharing “What Women Want” when it comes to sex.
“Women are really interested in tenderness and romance,” said Angie. “They’re also seeking that romantic storyline and foreplay.”
Angie started Sssh.com to create sexy, compelling and educational content for women in a community setting where sex and pleasure are not frowned upon.
“It’s a safe, classy and real place for women to explore, fantasize, learn and share,” she said, adding, “The most popular sections on the site are: movies, tutorials, stories and articles and ‘Ask Men.’”

The article, which can be found here, gives a true female perspective on how women view and search online for sex.

Sssh.com Sponsors Upcoming Vice is Nice Charity Event

Poker tournament and other entertainments will fund animal rescues in need

LOS ANGELES—Sssh.com, the world’s sexiest and most informative female-friendly website, has joined a list of elite companies giving to an incredible cause this summer, with a special sponsorship for the 2nd Annual VICE IS NICE Event, being held on Saturday, July 23rd, in Southern California.

Hosted by Kelly Holland and Rancho Providencia, VICE IS NICE raises money (and awareness) to help animals in dire need of a home and medical services. Two of Southern California’s biggest animal rescues will be on the receiving end of money raised from the event and sponsorships.

“I have always believed that we should take care of animals that cannot care for themselves,” said Sssh.com founder, Angie R. “As an animal lover, I am honored to give to this worthy cause.”

Sssh.com is a unique source of entertainment and information for women, and a safe place where they can explore their sexuality. Sssh.com also encourages women to make the journey at their own pace; each level of the site is clearly annotated according to the degrees of explicitness. Sssh.com is also an online community where women are encouraged to relax, enjoy, learn and feel good about being sexual, sensual human beings who do not have to sacrifice ethics or intelligence in the pursuit of an erotic and fulfilling life.

Other sponsors include AVN, XBIZ, Vivid Entertainment, Wicked Pictures, Ten Channel Canada, Adam & Eve, Hustler, Girlfriend Films, Great Western Printing, Exquisite Pictures, DVD Factory, LA Direct Models, SPF Transfers, with more to be announced.

The event will take place at 10945 Old Santa Susana Pass Road in Chatsworth, California. There is valet parking with limo shuttle service to the event.

Details of the event:

Poker tournament starts at 8:15 pm SHARP

Pre-registration: $55 | $65 at the door (includes general admission)

General Admission Pre-Registration (does not include poker tournament) $15 | $25 day of event

Music / 2 no-host bars / Casino games / Tarot card readings / Red carpet photos / Raffle prizes / Great food – including vegetarian / Prizes for top 3 poker spots

All donations tax deductible

RSVP and Pre-Register at www.life4paws.org or call 1-888-351-2527

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