Ep 3: Why I Gave Up My Mercedes Benz Lifestyle

“What’s more important to you now? Driving a Benz now to look a certain way or pursue the thing you love most at all costs?” -- Stefanie Jewett

Starting your own business is difficult by design; that’s why it’s not meant for everyone.  But this notion that starting your own business is difficult doesn’t deter our guest this week, Stefanie Jewett, Founder of Activvely, a social app that helps individuals find workout partners.

She went from collecting a comfortable salary at CNN, driving around town in a fancy Benz - to leaving her job to follow her passion and build her tech startup from the ground up. No Investors. No Partners. All #Grit and #WomanPower.

Hear her candid story of bootstrapping her tech startup and what it takes mentally, and socially, to make it.


  • What is sacrificed to start a business

  • How to be exposed and vulnerable when starting a business

  • How to be true to yourself and confident in who you are

  • The importance of community building 

  • To lean into your strengths

  • Own a business is difficult by design 


  • What made you decide to leave corporate? Did you just stop and then start your business, or did you gradually grow into it?

  • What did you have to give up start your own business?

  • What were some of the worst criticisms that you told yourself when you started out?

  • What do you do that you want to do more of if you had the time?

  • Have you always been this confident about yourself?

  • Do you think that we focus too much on our weaknesses?

  • What made you decide to not have a partner when starting your business?


To learn more about Stefanie Jewett, visit


Startup Sisters


Helen Ngo



  • Music by Muciscal_Chef

  • Track title: “Motivational Happy”
Haley Carlson