BucketFeet launched in 2011 after a chance meeting in Argentina between two strangers – one an artist and one who was backpacking around the world. A pair of hand-drawn shoes ended up inspiring thousands of conversations with amazing people on six continents, and showed us the power of art to bring people together. Based in Chicago, BucketFeet is on a mission to connect people through art by tapping into the creativity and diversity of the world. Since launching three years ago in Chicago, we work with nearly 4,000 artists from over 60 countries and six continents. BucketFeet are sold in 25 countries around the world, in retailers such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales (Holiday 2014), online, and in our own stores in Chicago and SoHo, New York. We have over 250,000 followers in social media and have been mentioned in major press over 500 times.

  • Industry: Retail
  • Year Started: 2011
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • # of Employees: 8 ( as of Dec 31, 2013)

Raaja Nemani

Co-Founder and CEO

Raaja Nemani is Co-Founder and CEO of BucketFeet, a Chicago-based e-commerce and retail company that collaborates with artists from around the world. Raaja’s international travels, which include a trek through the Himalayas and a dive with great white sharks, inspired him to launch BucketFeet as a platform to connect people through art. Now selling in more than 25 countries, with a network exceeding 3,000 artists, BucketFeet believes art is for everyone. Raaja graduated from Northwestern University in 2004. Raaja also guest lectures frequently at Kellogg and Chicago Booth business schools, was selected to Techweek 100, and is a contributor on the Huffington Post.

  • Age: 35
  • Ethnicity: South Asian

Aaron Firestein

Co-Founder and Chief Artist


  • Age: 32

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