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Q&A with Sam Payrovi of Saintly Bags


A former bond trader on Wall Street, Sam Payrovi knows that having a successful career doesn’t mean giving up having adventures. Before founding Saintly Bags, Payrovi would embark on weekend trips, but would still need to remain connected via his work computer. He sought a stylish yet conventional bag that would be able to carry his laptop and other items, ...

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Popular Pays just raised $2 million for Instagram marketing


When it comes to getting paid for ‘likes’ on Instagram, fashion people we’re pretty much the first people to capitalize on this trend. Case in point, Curalate’s Like2Buy and RewardsStyle’s LIKEtoKNOW.it, platforms. Now the rest of the world is catching on and Popular Pays, a new Chicago, Ill. startup that connects Instagram users with marketers, has just secured $2 million ...

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Pipa+Bella banks $650,000 for trendy costume jewelry in India


Pipa+Bella, an online costume jewelry retailer based in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India, just raised $650,000 in seed funding. The investment came from Hari Kumar, Rajesh Sawhney, Roopa Nath and Teruhide Sato. Founded December 2013 by its CEO, Shuchi Pandya, Pipa+Bella an online store aimed at selling fashionable and affordable costume jewelry on par with international standards and trends. Although India ...

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Dynamite Labs banks $1.6 Million in seed funding for its video app


Dynamite App, a San Mateo, Ca.-based disappearing video messaging app produced by Dynamite Labs, just closed a today announced closure of $1.6 million round of seed funding today. The round was led by Observatory Capital, a venture capital firm managed by Jonathan Perl. Additional investors in Dynamite’s seed round also include Gordon Bell, the former head of R&D at Digital ...

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