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Brad Keywell (born October 1969) is a lifelong entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the co-founder of seven technology companies. He is the Founder and CEO of Uptake Technologies, an industrial AI software platform. He is a co-founder of Tempus, Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, Drivin, and the venture capital firm Lightbank. Keywell is on the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR), and on the Board of Directors of TastyTrade an online financial network.

Brad Keywell
BornOctober 1969 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (JD) (BBA)
OccupationManaging Partner, Lightbank
Spouse(s)Kimberly
Websitebradkeywell.com

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Early life and educationEdit

Keywell grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and attended Cranbrook Schools. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors in 1991 from the University of Michigan Ross Business School in addition to a Juris Doctor cum laude in 1993 from the University of Michigan Law School. Keywell studied at the London School of Economics in 1990 and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the State Bar of Illinois

Entrepreneurial VenturesEdit

Keywell initially spent his summers during college and law school as an intern for Equity Group Investments, LLC, Sam Zell's investment vehicle. In 1999, Keywell and his business partner, Eric Lefkofsky, created an Internet company called Starbelly, an online promotional product supply chain management technology firm, that was acquired in January 2000 by HA-LO (NYSE:HMK),for a purchase price of $240 million.

Keywell then co-founded InnerWorkings in the fall 2001, a firm providing print procurement services for mid-sized companies; In August 2006, it had an initial public offering.


In February 2005, Keywell founded a freight logistics company, Echo Global Logistics, a technology-based enterprise freight and logistics transportation management firm, which went public on NASDAQ under the symbol ECHO in June 2006. In 2007, Keywell and Lefkofsky founded MediaBank, a provider of operating systems to the advertising and media buying industry. In June 2007, the firm acquired Datatech, a media planning and procurement platform. In July 2007, New Enterprise Associates invested in MediaBank.In 2012, a merger between MediaBank and Donovan Data Systems created Mediaocean, in a deal estimated at $1.5 billion.[16]


In January 2007, along with Andrew Mason, Keywell co-founded ThePoint.com, an online collective action website. In late 2008, it became a collective buying platform, and the name changed to Groupon. In August 2010, Forbes reported that it was the fastest growing company in history.] The went public in 2011 on the NASDAQ stock exchange.


In February 2010, Keywell and Lefkofsky founded Lightbank, a venture capital firm that invests in disruptive technology businesses.


In July 2014, Keywell founded and is the CEO of the industrial AI software company Uptake; the third unicorn in Illinois, valued at over $2.3 billion. Uptake was named “Startup of the Year” in 2015 by Forbes, was #5 in the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.


Philanthropy and community interestsEdit

In 2015, Brad and his wife, Kim, signed The Giving Pledge, to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back.

Keywell is the founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas, one of the largest innovation and ideas gatherings in the world. He is the Chairman of Future Founders, a non-profit that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. He is also Chairman of The Illinois Innovation Council.


In  September 2018, Keywell founded and launch the wndr museum, an experiential art museum located in Chicago’s West Loop. Keywell is the host of a podcast called The Upside and a participant of both the Renaissance Weekend and the TED Conference.

Teaching and writingEdit

Philanthropy and community interests

In 2015, Brad and his wife, Kim, signed The Giving Pledge, to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back.

Keywell is the founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas, one of the largest innovation and ideas gatherings in the world. He is the Chairman of Future Founders, a non-profit that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur. He is also Chairman of The Illinois Innovation Council.


In  September 2018, Keywell founded and launch the wndr museum, an experiential art museum located in Chicago’s West Loop. Keywell is the host of a podcast called The Upside and a participant of both the Renaissance Weekend and the TED Conference.

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