Updated: May 16, 2019
Featured Game Changer: Rebecca Story, co-founder of 'the Bloomi'
In early 2018, Rebecca and her partner, Matt Story, launched a Sexual Wellness and Educational platform www.thebloomi.com.
Enjoy this interview as Rebecca shares what drew her to dive into such a taboo field and her vision for the future of the Bloomi.
Tell us about you, your background and where you're from:
I grew up in the Bay area and was a first-generation college grad in my family. I have always been fascinated by the female body and fortunate enough to grow up in a family where taboo topics were simply seen as health topics. My parents instilled a hard work ethic in me at an early age, as they both immigrated to the US in search of a better life and fulfilling the dreams of our family. I always new I wanted to enter the field of woman's health and gravitated towards mentors and organizations that support me in doing that: Girls Incorporated, CEOs of women's health companies, Summer Search, and student orgs at Cal and SFSU that supported minorities in the sciences.
With all the barriers I’ve faced… as a woman, minority, first-generation college student, learning disability, single mom… I am proud of everything I have accomplished and am proud to be a Latina founder in such a taboo field, Sex Tech. Starting the Bloomi has been a dream of mine and I'm so excited to see it grow. A big part of my work now is also giving back --I'm come full circle to sit on Boards of organizations that helped me grow into the business woman that I am today.
What is your favorite thing people walk away with when they visit 'the Bloomi'?
I love when we get comments or emails from women who see the site for the first time and thank us for creating this community. I know it means a lot to women who are looking to shift to a clean, non-toxic lifestyle, especially if they have gone through any life-changing experiences: motherhood, cancer or illness.
What is your vision for the future of 'the Bloomi':
I look forward to seeing the Bloomi grow into a go-to source of sexual wellness information for women. The community will continue to provide lots of great content and products that inspire women to learn more about their sexuality and sexual health.
If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice about starting or getting started what would it be?
I would have started sooner. When I was in my early twenties, I worked as a consultant for other companies to help them develop sexuality products. I would often close out a project feeling a mixture of emotions (from proud to surprised) at how successful the products I designed were, but realized that I could be doing it on my own. If I could go back, I would tell myself to start asap and trust my instincts. Experience in your field is always a benefit, but when you see a gap and know you can do something about it, you should step out and do it.
To learn more about the Bloomi visit their website here.