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Blackbox Republic slides into the online relationship market

Portland-based Blackbox Republic, a new startup from former Jive CMO Sam Lawrence that looks to bring the whole online relationship scene a bit closer to the real world. And all of it is wrapped in a pretty slick social network to boot.

One of the most lucrative markets on the Web these days has to be dating sites. You can’t turn around without running into another site that claims to use some carefully calculated algorithm that is sure to match you with your perfect mate in less than two hours so that you can spend the rest of your lives together in mutually enamored bliss.

But for all the technology, there’s one pervading problem: people aren’t the same from day-to-day. And that—the idea that your opinions fluctuate—is one of the underlying principles for Portland-based Blackbox Republic, a new startup from former Jive CMO Sam Lawrence that looks to bring the whole online relationship scene a bit closer to the real world. And all of it is wrapped in a pretty slick social network to boot. Read More

Decloaking: Portland’s Blackbox Republic wants to foster the Burning Man vibe 52 weeks a year

Blackbox Republic a sex positive community took the wraps off of their new Community Exchange Platform last night. It’s designed to be a mix of social media, compelling privacy controls, event management, retail, and real life meetups. Or as they’re calling it social nicheworking.

It’s always nice to see a Silicon Forest company coming out of stealth. Especially when they already have funding. But today a great deal of that launch story may be getting mired with one simple word: sex.

You see, Portland-based Blackbox Republic took the wraps off of their new “Community Exchange Platform” last night. It’s designed to be a mix of social media, compelling privacy controls, event management, retail, and real life meetups. Or as they’re calling it “social nicheworking.”

Where’s the sex there, you ask? Well, it’s in the target market they’re chasing: the sex-positive community. Read More

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