The YNOT brand was introduced to the adult entertainment business community in 1996 when founder Rick Muenyong created YNOTnetwork.com and later YNOTmasters.com; his goal was to provide early online developers of adult websites with a central hub where they could network and promote ethical business practices in what was then a largely lawless Internet. That vision is carried on today by current owners and adult industry veterans Connor Young and Jay Kopita.
YNOT’s flagship website is now YNOT.com and the YNOT brand has been extended over the years with additional services for the adult industry. After twenty five years of operation, the YNOT brand is still synonymous with promoting ethical and sustainable business practices in the adult entertainment space.
YNOT Group LLC
YNOT Group LLC is a media company that offers business to business (B2B) news and resources for adult companies, industry performers, adult affiliates and peripheral service companies.
YNOT will always be anchored by its flagship website YNOT.com (www.ynot.com), which is one of the most trusted sources of adult industry news and information. YNOT.com offers adult industry news articles, a Directory of professional service listings, and valuable how-to guides for adult industry affiliates. YNOT readers can also sign up for YNOT’s popular and free email newsletters, which offers news, announcements and special offers delivered by email.
YNOT Magazine is a quarterly print publication produced and distributed by YNOT Group. New issues of YNOT Magazine are made available for free at YNOT.com, at industry trade shows and to newsletter subscribers via digital download.
YNOT also operates the blog YNOT Europe (ynoteurope.com), which offers adult business news coming out of the EU, and in early 2016 the company added YNOT Shoot Me (ynotshootme.com), a photo-journalism site in collaboration with veteran adult industry photographer Buster Brown.
YNOT Cam (ynotcam.com) was also launched in 2016; it’s a professional blog that offers tips and advice to cam performers and content creators.
YNOT Events LLC
YNOT Events LLC is a professional events company that produces adult industry award shows, in-person trade shows and virtual summits.
YNOT Events proudly produces the annual YNOT Awards (www.ynotawards.com), an industry award show that focuses entirely on adult internet companies. YNOT Awards first debuted in 2011 in Prague, and has successfully run every year since in collaboration with The European Summit — with the exception of the 2020 show, which was 100% virtual due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2018 YNOT Events debuted YNOT Cam Awards (awards.ynotcam.com) in Hollywood, California. While YNOT Awards focuses on businesses and industry executives, YNOT Cam Awards recognizes the adult industry’s top talent. From the moment it launched, YNOT Cam Awards sought positive change to how the industry awards performers. It has done away with award categories that reduce performers to stereotypes, cliches and body parts. It presented major award categories that include performers of all gender identities. Past shows have featured amazing performances by comedians like Brad Williams, Kate Quigley and Kelsey Cook, and there is a glamorous red carpet event before the show featuring live streamed interviews with nominees and adult industry stars. Highlights from the 2019 show are available on YouTube.
In 2019 to further support models and performers YNOT Events introduced YNOT Cammunity (www.ynotcammunity.com), the first B2B trade show designed for cam performers, content creators and interactive platform services. YNOT Cammunity features seminars, networking events, parties and demos.
Born in 2020, the year of social distancing, YNOT Summit (www.ynotsummit.com) is an all-virtual conference just for the adult industry. The online-only show features two seminar tracks, one for industry models and another for webmasters, affiliates and business executives. The virtual show also offers online speed networking, virtual exhibits and more.
Connor started working in adult entertainment in 1997 when he spent most of his days building and marketing websites. He originally began his time at YNOT back in 2003 as Editor-in-Chief of YNOT News, then ascended to co-owner and CEO of YNOT in 2010 when he negotiated the purchase of the company from its prior ownership group.
Under his leadership, YNOT has re-focused its coverage on interactive adult platforms such as live webcams, clips stores and fan sites. The company has devoted resources towards helping cam models and creators find success in adult, and has grown increasingly active in both in-person and virtual events.
Connor is also the founder and producer of the annual YNOT Cam Awards, a red-carpet affair which takes place in Hollywood, California and recognizes/awards the amazing women and men who work as cam models and adult creators. He is also the co-founder of YNOT Awards in Prague, the YNOT Cammunity model conference, and the YNOT Summit all-virtual adult trade show.
Connor previously served on the Board of Directors of the Free Speech Coalition, and was an expert witness for the ACLU in its successful challenge of the COPA legislation. His podcast “Sell Porn or Die Trying” covers the business side of the adult industry, he has successfully pitched and organized panel sessions at SXSW, and he’s a regular speaker at industry trade shows and conferences.
Jay Kopita was formerly VP of Sales for YNOT before he officially joined its ownership group in 2010, when he also moved into the position of company President.
The known face of YNOT, Jay is principally responsible for business development efforts, driving company revenue and working directly with sponsors and supporters of both YNOT’s online properties and in-person events.
A trained actor with Hollywood credits, YNOT often turns to Jay to host or co-host company award shows, and to MC other industry events. He co-founded the annual YNOT Awards in Prague, a show he also produces each year. He’s instrumental in organizing expert panels for YNOT Cammunity and YNOT Summit, two events he also co-founded. He’s also a highly sought-after speaker at industry events not produced by YNOT, and his industry podcast “Seat of Your Pants” features Jay and co-host Mistress Kye.
Additional YNOT Branded Services
YNOT Mail (ynotmail.com) is a hosted email marketing and delivery platform that provides businesses with a powerful platform for driving email marketing success.