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!

Adam Janikis | Quxsi

Adam Janikis is the co-founder of Quxsi. Their app figures out the least expensive way between taking an UBER or a taxi. 

Quxsi was named by Crain's as one of the 50 Startups to Watch in 2015.  Their real-time app calculates the UberX fare vs. that of a normal taxi.

Mert Iseri | SwipeSense

Mert Iseri is the co-founder and CEO of SwipeSense. The company is a data analytics platform that measures and improves hand hygiene compliance in hospitals. Founded in 2012, SwipeSense has raised $12.2M. 

Craig Vodnik | Cleverbridge

Craig Vodnik is the co-founder of cleverbridge. They are a leader in ecommerce technology, services and expertise for global software and subscription companies that serve consumers and businesses. The company was founded in 2007, and today they have over 300 employees and are located in several cities around the world. 

Chef Aaron Martinez | IntroChicago

Chef Aaron Martinez is the third chef-in-residence at Intro, Lettuce Entertain You’s award-winning rotating chef restaurant. The concept is having a different chef every three months, who changes the concept reflective of his/her style... from menu development, music, vibe, server uniforms, decor and style of service.

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