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!

Andy Crestodina | Orbit Media

Andy Crestodina is the co-founder of Orbit Media, a responsive web and mobile design and development firm, creating custom, clean and effective websites since 2001. They have done over 1000 projects since there inception. All of their projects are responsive web designed and developed.

What we have to do to adapt is build sites that work great at every screen size. That’s responsive web design.
— Andy Crestodina

Tim Carey | Hawthorne Race Course

Tim Carey is the President and General manager of Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago. Hawthorne is the oldest sporting venue in Illinois, openeing in 1891. Some of the world's greatest race horses in history have raced there.

We have an app, Club Hawthorne, and you can put it on your phone and laptop, and you can bet the races from wherever you’re at.
— Tim Carey

John MacLeod | Rivet Radio

John MacLeod is the founder and CEO of Rivet Radio. 

They deliver relevant stories in just the right depth and detail, eliminating the clutter and repetition that have defined traditional news radio.  You can listen and customize your experience on any device. 

We create about three hours of original news a day, but what we really are is a platform and distribution opportunity.
— John MacLeod

Pavan Bapu & Jeff LaBelle | Gramovox

Pavan Bapu & Jeff LaBelle are the co-founders of Gramovox.  They reimagine vintage audio design with modern technology. Their new piece, the Floating Record, is a high-performance turntable that plays vinyl records vertically. On Kickstarter with a goal of just $50K, they have raised over $880K in just one week.

Vinyl is in again. Over the last ten years, there has been double-digit growth in vinyl record sales and record player sales.
— Pavan Bapu

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