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!

Lindsay Avner | Bright Pink

Lindsay Avner is the founder and CEO of Bright Pink, a national organization whose mission is to save women's lives form breast and ovarian cancer.

I started Bright Pink eight years ago and was inspired by my own family’s health history.
— Lindsay Avner

Matthew Knippen and Kevin McQuown | Windy City Lab

Matthew Knippen and  Kevin McQuown are co-founders of Windy City Lab.  They focus on building IoT (internet of things) devices and educating others to do this as well.  Their classes are held at 1871 in Chicago. 

We have a lot of people with ideas - we take these type of contracts and hope to get them launched on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
— Kevin McQuown

Paul Everton | Yapmo

[About raising money]: To get funds without the claws, it takes just as much effort to establish a strategic partnership.
— Paul Everton

Briggs Doherty Jr. and Jason Adams| Briggs & Adams

Briggs Doherty Jr. and Jason Adams are the co-founders of Briggs & Adams, a bespoke clothing company for men and women.  Every garment is designed, cut, and sewn for the individual from some of the finest fabric mills in Italy and England.  

I’ve always said hello to everybody wherever I’ve lived, and I’ve met more interesting people by doing this.
— Briggs Doherty Jr.

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