Danielle From 'Summer House' Quit Her Corporate Job to Start Her Own Company

Danielle transitioned from the bustling corporate lifestyle to co-owning her own business. Details ahead.

Gina Vaynshteyn - Author

May 2 2024, Updated 1:13 p.m. ET

Danielle Olivera attending 'Summer House' Season 8 premiere party.
Source: Bravo

While it's clear that Danielle Olivera loves being on Summer House, she's been pretty open about how difficult it was before launching her own company to balance filming and her career. With a demanding schedule that required lots of traveling and meetings, Danielle was fortunate that the producers of the show allowed her to have a flexible filming schedule.

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By the time 2022 rolled around, Danielle was relieved of the burden of squeezing in time to film around her hectic corporate schedule. She left her job to start a fashion app that she compared to a "make-or-break situation" during a Season 6 confessional interview, per Bravo. So, where did Danielle Olivera work and what does she do now for a living? We've got all the details!

What's 'Summer House's' Danielle's real job?

Danielle is the co-founder of the fashion app Donne, which she launched with her business partner, Jim Brocato. The platform was designed for fashion enthusiasts and styling experts who are looking to "not only manage their digital wardrobes, but also send outfits and lookbooks to friends," the company's website states. Users can also get fashion recommendations daily and seek out assistance from a professional to "help with everyday needs."

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In order to become a Donne user, you'll need to join the waitlist and ... well, wait until a waitlist code is emailed to you. Donne is also seeking out styling professionals and investors to join the team.

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Before starting her fashion app, Danielle Olivera worked in the FinTech industry.

According to LinkedIn, Danielle Olivera worked as a project manager in New York, although it doesn't state what company she worked for, or if she was a consultant or freelancer. She has a certificate in Software Product Management (SPM), as well as a Scrum Master Certificate. Both of these were issued in 2016. Her LinkedIn "About" still, however, states "Product ninja, currently in FinTech."

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Prior to becoming a business owner, work always seemed to be a concern for Danielle while on 'Summer House'

It is true that Danielle is loved for kind of just ... being there. "The only person who won 2020 is Danielle from Summer House for somehow landing another season. Go girl give us nothing," a fan tweeted back in December 2020.

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Fans love her because she's kind of dorky, seems genuine, and doesn't bring quite the amount of drama the other Summer House cast members do. (Depending on who you ask, that's either a good or bad thing.)

Still — just because Danielle is less likely to participate in Summer House shenanigans, doesn't mean she doesn't end up getting involved in them. Since Season 5 was filmed in quarantine, Danielle was around a lot more. And things got pretty crazy. She opened up to Us Weekly about an altercation that happened on set, saying, "It was the worst thing to be around, but we had to deal with it."

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Drama or not, Danielle was still concerned about her work. She explained to Us Weekly that filming in the Hamptons during quarantine didn't feel like a "true summer," and she was also "nervous" because she felt like her life has more structure than the rest of the crew. 

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Danielle said, “It doesn’t feel like a true summer in the Hamptons, but obviously we’re all so fortunate to be able to do a house together in a safe environment, No. 1. But for me, I was very nervous because I have a more structured work life than the rest of my housemates. I don’t own my own business. I don’t create my own schedule and I’m sure maybe you could probably understand all of my meetings are like sometimes back to back to back.”

Even though Danielle was still working under someone else's direction at that time, she has finally reached a point in her life where she can enjoy the luxuries of being a business owner, including the freedom to create her own schedule.

Watch Summer House every Thursday night at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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