Conversations with a Sex Toy Company CEO (Polly Rodriguez of Unbound)

Hello hello!

Making my intro quick today because this babe doesn't need it. Polly came recommended to Lindsey and I through the podcast, and we had SUCH a good time interviewing her. She is super smart, down to earth, hilarious, and she is changing the game for women everywhere. 

Polly is the CEO of Unbound, a sex toy company/sexual wellness company that's female driven and is changing the game. Their branding is on point, their messaging is so fresh and fun, and it's growing like crazy. What I love about it, is seeing a new spin on sexuality that's fresh, and doesn't feel male driven.

When describing Polly, The New York Times said it best...

"Dame, along with other new companies like Unbound, House of Plume and Sustain, is part of a tech-savvy and female-led women’s sexuality movement that has made its home in New York instead of, say, Silicon Valley. Women, many of them under 40, are updating sex toys and related products with their own needs in mind, and leading the companies that sell them."

Really, Polly is using experiences in her life that have changed her forever, to fuel her belief that sexuality isn't wrong, and that women should have a say in the space. Before her, and a few other badass females there wasn't much choice and there wasn't much of anything geared towards females and female empowerment.

She's changing that. 

Super excited to share the interview with you, and find more at Unboundbabes.com (you can also use code: almost30 for 15% off your order!) 


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How did the idea of Unbound start? 

When I was 21 years old I went through radiation treatment for a cancer diagnosis that resulted in menopause. My doctors only told me, "Sorry, you'll never have kids" so I found myself on the internet searching for answers and that's how I found out I was going through menopause. I ultimately ended up at a Hustler Hollywood on the side of the highway in St. Louis, Missouri; looking to buy my first vibrator and lubricant and feeling so ashamed and embarrassed of the shopping in the store. The experience always stuck with me and 10 years later I started Unbound as the shopping and content alternative I wished existed when I was 21 years old and going through all of that for the first time. 

 

Can you talk about the growth trajectory of the company? Did you ever doubt that it would be as big as it is today? 

It's been crazy to see the growth of the company, but it definitely didn't happen overnight. I started working on Unbound in December of 2014 and we didn't really see things take off until the end of 2016. In my gut, I always knew it would grow and be big but it's a constant oscillation between self doubt and sheer willpower to succeed. I think you need both in order to be a successful entrepreneur, which is why I guess they call it a rollercoaster.  

What's been the best part about being a CEO of your own company? 

Being surrounded by insanely capable women (and men!) who believe in me and our mission. It's a genuine honor to be a leader and I take that responsibility incredibly seriously. 

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What's the hardest part about being a CEO of your own company? 

At the end of the day, you're ultimately responsible. It's kinda like the captain of the Titanic --- you know the part when Rose is all like "CAPTAIN CMON GET IN THE DAMN ROW BOAT" and he's all like, "Nah, Rose, Captain has to go down with the ship." So, it's being the person in the room who has to steer the boat and if you hit a damn iceberg, you have to take ownership and fix the problem (or die on the ship which obvs none of us want to do). 

How is managing people and creating a team? I can imagine it's difficult to grow and really attract the best talent every time. How do you handle that? 

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The hardest thing about being in the growth stage is shifting from being the person doing all the things to being the person teaching others how to do all the things. And for a while you have to be both, and it's effing exhausting. But, if you hire people who believe in your mission and really give a shit about achieving it, they learn quickly and think like an owner. You want the person who wants to stay late and finish their work bc their heart is in it, not because they just are clocking in face time and trying to impress you. It can be hard to tell the difference at times. 

What do you think hinders women from buying more sex toys or things to please themselves? 

The fear of what others will think. We don't talk about sexuality and so we're all so afraid of what it means to love our bodies, to masturbate, to orgasm. It's the most natural source of joy on this planet and it breaks my heart that some women don't feel entitled to it because they effing ARE. We ALL are. 

I love how you've incorporated wellness with sexuality. Can you talk about how it's related? 

It took a while to find the right angle on how to give women permission to enjoy their bodies. Wellness, to me, is associated with wellbeing or a baseline level of health. Sexuality is our body's natural urge to explore itself and I think we need to stop thinking about it as an indulgence and instead think of it as a bare minimum of what we need to function day to day. 

What's are your top 3 favorite products on the site? 

The Unbound Squish, Jelly, and the Oh! to go bag!

If you could tell every women one thing about sexuality what would it be? 

Masturbation is not weird and you are entitled to enjoy your body. 

What are you excited about in 2018? 

We're 1/4 closer to Trump being gone? 

Where can people find and connect with you? 

I'm @polly_claire on insta and TWATter (aka twitter) 

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