The adult chatroulette
“They made a joke of it–the idea was that Chatroulette sucks, you know, but I like it.
I like the negative publicity because it gives me the freedom to work–I don’t feel like I’m under a burden.”We hang up.
Does he regret not taking the offers he had on the table when they were significantly higher? Well, now that they’ve all watched it, they’re less interested,” Ternovskiy says.
“After I declined the offers, I realized it was very difficult to execute something myself.
“So, we’re actually getting revenue from naked men right now.”These exhibitionists were a major headache for Ternovskiy before becoming a major source of income.
Though helping to create buzz on the site initially (for better or worse), they were also a bandwidth drain, often nexting through as many as 800 users in just 15 minutes.
“50,000 naked men” has become “our investment,” he says.
Chatroulette is a fun way to communicate with people from all over the world, but is often blocked in many countries.
Ternovskiy still believes he can reclaim Chatroulette’s prominence and VC interest.
To do so, he’s worked tirelessly to sanitize its image.
“Alright, now I’m outside.”The evasive, confined lifestyle isn’t what you’d expect from Ternovskiy.
Only months earlier, the 18-year-old had entertained drooling interest from the likes of Digital Sky Technologies and Fred Wilson, turning down million-dollar offers for his popular video-chatting service. Nearly every major media outlet wrote about Chatroulette. But six months later, the fickle followers of Web fads have collectively hit the “next” button.According to Ternovskiy, Chatroulette is now earning 0,000 per month due to its refined business model and content-control system–all from “naked men.” That’s triple the site’s monthly “mainstream” or “normal” revenue, as Ternovskiy refers to it.