Developer Spotlight: Coral – Discover
Isharna Walsh was in a long-term relationship for several years when she had a life-changing understanding.
“We’ve gotten to the point where sex is slowing down,” says Walsh, “and I realized I had no idea how to constantly create intimacy, talk about sex, or browse the things I was experiencing.”
She started looking for resources and quickly discovered that she was almost not alone … lots of the people needed this help. “I had that light bulb moment,” he says. “Improving this part of our lives flows into everything else; it is fundamental to our health and happiness. “
Walsh partnered with an expert on privacy experts, including psychologists, therapists, educators and researchers, to create coral. The app uses guided lessons, conversations, and meditations and science-based exercises to help users deepen their intimacy. Walsh hopes that, on a larger scale, coral it can help normalize sex and remove some of the baggage that many people have around them.
We caught up with the Los Angeles-based founder to talk about the benefits of being a first-time app creator and the challenges of being a pioneer.
coral addresses an issue that is sensitive to many people. How do you design for this?
There are many nuances around sexuality and intimacy. It is a very taboo subject and there is a deep vulnerability when it comes to opening up to someone intimately. But there is also excitement and fun. In design, we want you to feel very safe, as if this is a place where you will be respected and seen. At the same time we want to make you feel curious. It is a hard spinning needle.
How do you make sure the app speaks to everyone?
Personalization is one of our basic guiding principles. Are you viewing content tailored to people with vulvae or people with penises? Or to people who are in a relationship? We also have versioned content around what we learn about you. If you identify with a trauma, you will see something a little different.
Does your mission extend beyond intimacy?
I have been very interested in mental health for years and I see this as the greatest opportunity to drive change in space. Sleep, nutrition, exercise, sex and intimacy affect the way we feel every day. From a more holistic perspective, we are trying to unpack much of the shame and baggage around a very natural and healthy aspect of our being.
What has been your biggest challenge?
We are trying to create something new. There is no such thing as “OK, this is a sexual practice.” We are discovering all this. And there are issues around advertising policies: are we a sex product or are we mindfulness and psychology? Being a founding woman in this context also has its own challenges. But we believe deeply in the changes we are making and in the inevitability of our success. Our path may not be as clear as some others, but I only know that this must exist.
Where does the name come from?
I love diving, and the first time I went diving I thought, “There’s a whole world here, but we never see it.” Sexuality is similar. It exists but is often hidden. You don’t know what’s there until you go take a look.
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