Global Conference 2012

Speaker's Biography

Brad Keywell

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lightbank; Co-Founder and Director, Groupon

Brad Keywell is a co-founder and director of the popular online coupon site Groupon and a co-founder of Lightbank, a venture fund investing in disruptive technology businesses. He is a co-founder and director of Echo Global Logistics, a co-founder and director of MediaBank LLC and a trustee of Equity Residential. An adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he was appointed chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council by Gov. Pat Quinn. Keywell is the founder and chairman of Chicago Ideas Week and chairman of the Future Founders Foundation, which runs programs to inspire high school students in entrepreneurship. He sits on the boards of the NorthShore University HealthSystem, a $1.5 billion health-care organization, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in addition to several organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and education.

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