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!

Danielle Dy Buncio | VIATechnik

Danielle Dy Buncio is the co-founder and CEO of VIATechnik, a Chicago-based construction & engineering services company. They specialize in assisting with structures like dams, bridges and skyscrapers around the world, by blending technology and human resources into an affordable service.

We work with general contractors, engineers and builders...we help them build their project in a virtual environment before they build it in real life.
— Danielle Dy Buncio

Nick Chapleau | Starchup

Nick Chapleau is the co-founder of Starchup. The company has built a web and mobile delivery management platform to assist dry cleaners and laundromats where you can schedule pickup, delivery and pay seamlessly.

We built the technology tools (a GrubHub style) to help dry cleaners and laundries offer a better customer experience.
— Nick Chapleau

Shane Higginbotham | Build This

Shane Higginbotham is the founding partner and CEO of Build This.  They specialize in Custom Application Development in Web and Mobile.  They are a web and mobile development agency with a unique hands-on approach which seems to work well, considering they have tripled their staff in less than one year.

Developers love to create, love to develop, love to code...they hate all the other stuff that has to go around it.
— Shane Higginbotham

Claire Lew | Know Your Company

Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company.  KYC was created by the founders of Basecamp (formerly known as 37Signals). They tell employees something new and important about where they work and whom they work with.

The software is all based about asking don’t know unless you ask.
— Claire Lew

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