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Russian website Chatroulette, founded by Andrey Ternovskiy, is perhaps most well known as a place to watch men expose their genitals.But that hasn’t stopped up to a million people a day from visiting the site.And it has been featured on both the Daily Show and South Park.And wow has Ternovskiy been courted by Silicon Valley and other investors.SGN founder Shervin Pishevar helped bring him to Palo Alto and get set up in an apartment.In May the New Yorker talked about how Russia’s DST was having him followed when he first visited the U. And we’ve heard rumors of angel investors and venture capitalists circling Ternovskiy like a hawk.The problem is the site is quickly losing its appeal as more and more people are turned off by the sheer number of people exposing themselves or worse on the site.
Ternovskiy will either push on independently and try to grow and clean up the site on his own, or he’ll embrace the Silicon Valley ecosystem and get other people and investors involved.It’s clear that people are fascinated by the concept of talking to strangers from the relative safety of their computer screens, and Chatroulette satisfies some basic human need to connect to others.The service may add software that can quickly scan video to determine if a penis is being shown.And users that are consistently quickly skipped over (presumably because they are exposing themselves or otherwise being disgusting) can be flagged as well. One person that Ternovskiy does seem to trust is Napster founder Shawn Fanning, who is currently hard at work on his most recent startup Path.With those and other changes Chatroulette may be able to put people who actually want to talk to each other in touch much more often. Fanning is an advisor to Chatroulette, he confirms, and has been working closely with Ternovskiy for the last month or so.