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|Born||October 1969 (age 48)|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (JD) (BBA)|
|Occupation||Managing Partner, Lightbank|
Brad Keywell (born October 1969) is a lifelong entrepreneur, philanthropist, and the co-founder of seven technology companies. He is the co-founder and current CEO of Uptake Technologies, an industrial AI software platform. He is also co-founder of Tempus, Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, Drivin, and the venture capital firm Lightbank.
Early life and education
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 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.
Keywell initially worked for Group Investments, LLC, Sam Zell's investment vehicle.
In 1999, Keywell and his business partner Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Starbelly, an online promotional product supply chain management technology firm, that was acquired in January 2000 by HA-LO (NYSE:HMK) acquired Starbelly for a purchase price of $240 million. in February 2005, they founded Echo Global Logistics, a technology-based enterprise transportation management firm, which went public on the NASDAQ under the symbol ECHO.
In 2007, along with Andrew Mason, they co-founded ThePoint.com, an online collective action website. In late 2008, it became a collective buying platform, and the name changed to Groupon. The went public in 2011 on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Philanthropy and community interests
He is the founder and Chairman of Chicago Ideas, an innovations and ideas gathering . He is Chairman of both the Future Founders Foundation, providing entrepreneurial education to inner-city students in the Chicagoland area and Illinois Innovation Council.
Teaching and writing
He is the author of Biz Dev 3.0: Changing Business as We Know It, published by ALM Publishing, and, with his daughter, the author of Isabelle Speaks Up: A Story of Possibilities.
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