Give $20, Get $20
A few years ago, we both decided to quit our finance and tech jobs in San Francisco without a backup plan. We’re both planners, so up to that point, we always knew our next step, but this time was different. We decided to take a trip and backpack around the world, with no end date and no itinerary. During our trip, we immersed ourselves in each country and found ourselves meditating with monks in Thailand, visiting rural villages in China, and sleeping under the stars in the Amazon rainforest.
It was the most inspiring and enlightening adventure we’ve ever been on, and it was incredibly humbling. We had initially planned on looking for new jobs in the startup world of Silicon Valley, but we were taught a memorable lesson from a monk in Japan during one of our meditation retreats. He was our age, and he opened his heart to us one night. He told us that he truly didn’t want to live his life as a monk, but in order to honor his father and carry on his family tradition, he was committed to living as a monk for the rest of his life. A monk forever. He kept reminding us that we were incredibly fortunate to have the freedom to pursue our passions. That stuck with us.
Our whole lives, we have always been passionate about living a healthy lifestyle (exercising, eating right, meditating…etc.), but we consistently faced one particular problem: we couldn’t get a meal that was both convenient and healthy. Without preparing meals for lunch every day or cooking every single night, this simply wasn’t possible. Even more, we were tired of all the “healthy” claims in stores and restaurants when we knew by looking at the ingredients that those meals were not honestly healthy. The word, “healthy,” has evolved to become more of a marketing claim, and that bothered us. We knew we couldn’t be the only ones having trouble getting a convenient, honestly nutritious meal.
This, along with our desire to have a positive impact with our career, is what inspired Sprinly. This is why we decided to design each meal with nutrition in mind first and why we work with nutritionists and doctors. This is why our service is plant-based, because we know that if we want to have the biggest healthful impact possible in our country, it has to start with Americans eating more vegetables. This is why we decided to make Sprinly a delivery service, so we can reach more people and make healthy eating as convenient as possible. And this is why our long-term vision is to serve the entire country, because if traveling has taught us one thing, it’s that we’re all similar, no matter where we live, and we believe that location shouldn’t prevent anyone from having access to convenient, honestly nutritious meals. Our mission is to spread health and create happiness, and we want to give people their time back.
– Mary & Ray