Polly Rodriguez

Breaking Taboos: Empowering Women in the Sexual Wellness Industry


Polly Rodriguez

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What You'll Learn

  • The journey from battling cancer at 21 to founding Unbound and a commitment to women’s sexual health.
  • Unbound has made significant strides in mainstreaming sexual wellness.
  • The complexity of advertising sexual wellness products and the role technology plays in sexual education.
  • The impact of societal discomfort with sex, sex education, and how businesses navigate these limitations.
  • Insights, from the dating app Grouper, into the dating industry’s algorithms.

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Old Fashioned

Episode Details

In this engaging episode of Story in a Bottle, host Dan Maccarone sits down with a driving force in the tech, media, and entertainment industry—Polly Rodriguez, the founder of Unbound, the sexual wellness company targeted towards women. Over old-fashioneds, Polly shares her journey from a cancer diagnosis while in college to the realization of asexual health appreciation gap in society and the inception of her company. The conversation dives into the nuances of healthcare policy, Polly’s role in shaping a dating startup, and how her experiences led her to focus on transforming the sex toy industry.

Polly Rodriguez discusses the challenges and triumphs of leading a sexual wellness company. She brings to light the stark disparities between the offerings of the sex toy industry and the actual needs of women. The episode not only explores Polly’s professional endeavors but also brings forth her challenges, her battles with cancer, and her introspections into the ever-evolving landscape of sexual identity and health.

Notable Quotes:

  •     “Unbound is a sexual wellness company. We design and manufacture over 30 vibrators, lubricants and accessories.” – Polly Rodriguez
  •     “It’s been kind of difficult to navigate to figure out that customer is a lot more price sensitive and generally, I think, less brand motivated.” – Polly Rodriguez
  •     “Every time I fall in love, anecdotally, it’s like when I’m not really looking for it. I’m really happy as a person, and I think that was our philosophy, and that’s why I loved so much of what Grouper was.” – Polly Rodriguez
  •     “less than 2% return rate. And if you’re not happy with your product, if it breaks, if you don’t like it, if anything happens, email us, no questions asked returns, we will refund you your money.” – Polly Rodriguez


Tune in to the full episode for a deeper dive into Polly Rodriguez’s inspiring story. Discover more about how personal challenges can pave the way for innovative solutions in unexpected industries, and don’t miss out on other enlightening content from the series.


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