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Meet the man who changed the world of porn forever

Meet the man who changed the world of porn forever

NEW YORK POST reports:

You may not have heard of him, but you’re certainly living in a world he helped shape.

Reclusive German tech entrepreneur Fabian Thylmann brought the world something it apparently wanted very much: free internet porn.

Once dubbed “the ruler in the realms of lust” he effectively ushered in the age of YouTube-style porn websites where anybody could upload and watch pirated copies of porn, or even post their own.

It was the wild west of internet porn and his tech-savvy approach that allowed him to catch an industry off-guard and hoover up a number of companies including sites like PornHub, YouPorn and RedTube. Thylmann turned those sites’ parent company, MindGeek, into a global conglomerate.

Like so many other industries disrupted by the internet, it was a period in time that rocked the porn establishment and ultimately transferred untold sums of money from places like Los Angeles’ “Porn Valley” to the pocket of Fabian Thylmann.

His enterprise had a rocky start, during which he struggled to get funding, but after getting a huge loan from the bank, he built an empire on the back of porn he didn’t pay for.

“Fabian got so rich that he installed in his house an aquarium that is so big that a diver had to come every week, and dive in and clean the coral reef,” filmmaker Jon Ronson said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “You know you’re doing well when you get your own diver.”

Ronson, a renowned author, journalist and screenwriter, has launched a new podcast series in which he traces the flow-on-effects of Thylmann’s porn takeover, which grew from an idea he had in the 1990s as a teenager in Brussels.

By 2012, 80 percent of people watching online porn were doing so on one of Thylmann’s sites. In 2013 he sold out of his stake in the industry but his legacy remains.

“I’m always looking for a mystery, and I wondered what the consequences of the tech takeover of porn would be,” Ronson said.

The series is called The Butterfly Effect and is published by Amazon’s audio entertainment company, Audible.

While it will appear on iTunes in November for free, for a limited time you can currently get it for free on Audible.

“Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure,” reads the show’s description.

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