Shilpa Yarlagadda

  • October
  • Los Angeles
  • Dawn
The Artivist

Shilpa Yarlagadda is an american younger entrepreneur, founder of online fine jewelry start-up Shiffon Co.

She attended Harvard University, Concentrating in Computer Science with a secondary in Film Visual Environmental Studies. She also was a Robotics Academey Intern at NASA, as well as Research Intern at Microsoft before launching her start-up.


Still in college, Yarlagadda and some friends launched a jewelry company which re-invests profits to fund women entrepreneurs.

The success came in June 2017 when Emma Watson’s stylist, Sarah Slutsky, contact by Yarlagadda on LinkedIn, decided to propose the pinkie ring to the actress and Watson wears it, in Paris, during a press tour for “The Circle.”

The Interview

That same September, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley each wore the ring to the Emmys awards. And then also Serena Williams and Michelle Obama wore the jewel contributing to the success of the company.

The statement

Today Shiffon Co donates a part of its profits from sales to fund seed grants for female entrepreneurs and start-ups that support female empowerment. The company also offer mentorship to the start-ups it funds.

The Location

So far, Shiffon’s non-profit organization, The Startup Girl Foundation, has invested in business from woman-led lounge wear company Sea Star Beachware to MobiTicket, a text-based bus ticketing service based in Nairobi.