Brad Keywell is a co-founder of Lightbank, and a co-founder of Groupon, co-founder of MediaBank, Echo Global Logistics, and other technology companies. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Keywell is an active philanthropist and educator focused on the bettering the Chicago community through service, grants, and educational programs like Chicago Ideas Week.
Explore Brad’s unique blog posts and articles, which feature a mix of writing on start-up culture, entrepreneurship, business development, and advice on living a successful life inside and outside of the office. Brad’s writings have been features in an array of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Linkedin, TIME Ideas, Forbes, and ‘The Accelerators’.
Lightbank, cofounded by Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, is a Chicago-based venture capital firm. They have helped fund and launch such successes as Groupon, Fooda, and Belly. Their portfolio companies have created over 10,000 jobs worldwide since their start.
MediaOcean is an advertising software and computing services company focused on supporting and streamlining business processes within the advertising ecosystem. Clients include ad agencies, media owners, broadcast sales organizations, and television networks. Media ocean creates a ‘single universal operating system for the advertising industry’, making it easy for any organization within the industry to seamlessly integrate with one another. MediaOcean powers media at all six major holding companies, with over 80,000 users ranging from individuals to global organizations.
MediaOcean is headquartered in New York, with offices throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company was formed in 2012 through a merger of Chicago-based MediaBank and Donovan Data Systems.
Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECHO) is a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its over 22,700 clients worldwide. Echo’s web-based platform compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 24,000 transportation providers to serve its clients’ shipping and freight management needs. The Company has become a leading contender among 3Pls and has been listed in Inbound Logistics’ Top 100 3PL Providers. Echo Global Logistics was founded in 2005 by Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky. Echo Global Logistics created the proprietary web-based software application, Evolved Transportation Management (ETM) technology that allows a custom solution to be created efficiently for each based on their specific needs.
Groupon is a daily deals site that offers hyper-local deals on food, activities, vacations, and stores. Each deal only takes effect if a certain number of Groupon users purchase the coupon. Groupon has expanded from the “one deal a day” model, to now include Groupon Getaways, Groupon Reserve (premium product deals), location-based deal hunting, with new innovations always being cooked up in the Chicago headquarters.
Groupon has about 10,000 employees working in its Chicago headquarters, a growing office in Palo Alto, CA, local markets throughout North America and regional offices in Europe, Latin America, Asia and around the world.
Chicago Ideas Week is a week unlike any other in Chicago or the Midwest – an expansive gathering of incredible speakers, change agents, leaders, and doers from around the world, descending on Chicago to interact with a huge community of local and regional thinkers, innovators, and thought leaders. Chicago Ideas Week is a platform that engages a diverse array of people from the entire community, and connects us all through the power of ideas and innovation.
The Keywell Family Foundation is a 501c3 organization, and exists to support charitable efforts which the Keywell family believe have a possibility to provide lasting impact to the world. We favor social entrepreneurship, and hope to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving our community’s and world’s most pressing humanitarian, social, and environmental problems.
The Future Founders Foundation inspires low-income youth in Chicago to explore new career opportunities. We offer programs to connect students with mentors from various professions and provide engaging project-based learning experiences for 3rd through 12th graders. From 2005-2012, our programs have served 6,000 students. This year, we are serving 11,000 students at 50 schools.
Our organization was created in 2011 through the merger of Future Founders, the youth entrepreneurship program founded by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) in 2005 and Connect to the Future, the career exposure program that Lightbank Co-Founder Brad Keywell launched in 2006. In 2013, we launched Lemonade Day Chicago to encourage elementary and middle school students to experience entrepreneurship first-hand.
Keywell is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a course on entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses. Keywell is also a frequent speaker at technology and marketing industry events, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan Business School, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Medill School of Journalism.