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!

Mark Ladd | LyteShot

Mark Ladd is the founder and CEO of LyteShot. They are a digital leader with the first interactive trans-media entertainment platform that connects users via the cloud to several mobile devices.

The phones of today are equivalent to the super computers of the late 90’s...we really don’t take advantage of their capabilities.
— Mark Ladd

Stuart Frankel | Narrative Science

Stuart Frankel is the co-founder and CEO of Narrative Science.  The company has created a patented artificial intelligence platform, Quill, which understands what is important to the end user in terms of content and marketing.

This world that we live in now...there’s lots of data and tools. Let’s train every employee in every enterprise to be an analyst, or a data scientist...we don’t believe that’s a solution that will work.
— Stuart Frankel

Matt Mickiewicz |

Matt Mickiewicz is the CEO and founder of Hired. The company is the first two-sided employment marketplace for engineers, data scientists, designers and product managers.

We work with both companies and candidates, so it’s like Airbnb...we have to manage both sides so they have a good experience.
— Matt Mickiewicz

Brett Myers | Next Door Chicago

Brett Myers is the Director of Next Door Chicago. They are a co-working, customer research and marketing operation founder by State Farm Insurance. They cater to entrepreneurs with startups, businesses, and individuals who have the opportunity to make one-on-one connections, and experience coaching sessions on a myriad of subjects.

At the same time, we’re trying to help build community. We want to learn what that looks like to figure out how we can change to do business.
— Brett Myers

Troy Henikoff | Techstars

Troy Henikoff is the Managing Director of Techstars Chicago. Techstars is a global mentorship-driven startup accelerator program working with entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business.

Our target is people who have proven product market fit who actually have a product out in the market.
— Troy Henikoff

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