Sparking Conversations One Shoe at a Time with Raaja Nemani of Bucketfeet

February 25, 2017

2:30 pm

Raaja Nemani is the cofounder and CEO of Bucketfeet, a footwear startup that collaborates with a global community of artists to design limited-edition shoes.

The idea began in Argentina when Aaron Firestein gave Raaja a pair of hand-designed canvas shoe inspired by the city blocks of Buenos Aires. On the rest of Raaja’s shoe-inspired journey, these unique looking shoes sparked non-stop conversations across six continents with people of all races, religions, genders, and cultures. Upon returning home, he decided to start Bucketfeet with Aaron.

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In This Episode You Will Learn about his founding story, what the first shoes looked like, where the name Bucketfeet comes from, how they sold their first shoes, how a party at Brian Splay’s house jump started sales, why Bucketfeet walked away from a Nordstrom deal, what is next for the company.

 

This post originally appeared on Tech In Chicago. Visit Tech In Chicago to listen to more interviews with Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists. 

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Colin Keeley is the founder and host of Tech In Chicago, an independent podcast with interviews from Chicago’s top startup founders and venture capitalists.

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