Bootstrapping In America is tastytrade's spotlight on the best and brightest of the entrepreneurial community in Chicago and beyond. Meet the innovative men and women leading the companies featured in this week's episodes!

Paul Magelli | Apervita

Paul Magelli is the co-founder and CEO of Apervita.  The company is a healthcare innovator that concentrates on delivering better patient outcomes that exist across 100,000s of algorithms and datasets. 

the data and analytics have enormous ability to impact outcomes.
— Paul Magelli

Nirav Amin | Startup Weekend Chicago

Nirav Amin is the Director of Startup Weekend Chicago, an arm of Up Global.  Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs can come to participate in the event to see if there ideas are viable. There are now over 500 weekends held each year around the world.

don’t be afraid to fail. learn from failure.
— Nirav Amin

Sindhu Rajan | Prana Diabetes

After 12 years of studying obesity and diabetes, Sindhu Rajan launched Prana Diabetes.  The company focuses on patient sustainability and accountability using their mobile app management strategy that focuses on bringing lifestyle changes and disease awareness based on family support and sustainability.

Type 2 is an epidemic. The number one thing you can do is diet and exercise.
— Sindhu Rajan

Mary Johnson |

Mary Johnson is the editor of, a national news site for women in business, covering women in business around the country.  It is part of American City Business Journals, which publishes more than 40 local business newspapers around the country, from Albany to Honolulu.

We’re looking for women who have a strong commitment for giving back.
— Mary Johnson

Valerie Beck | Chocolate Uplift

Valerie Beck is a Harvard grad and attorney who is a chocolate expert and innovative entrepreneur.  She founded the original and award-winning Chocolate Tours. Her mission now is Chocolate Uplift, a website dedicated to educating people on chocolate and its health benefits.

if you eat a good quality dark chocolate, you will have a lower body mass than a person who doesn’t eat chocolate.
— Valerie Beck

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