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Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a venture capital investor, a curator of cultural and innovation platforms, and a philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of ​Uptake Technologies​, an Industrial AI software platform harnessing predictive analytics to deliver outcomes of increased productivity, reliability, safety, and cybersecurity to global industry. Uptake was named “​Startup of the Year​” in 2015 by Forbes, was #5 in the 2017 ​CNBC Disruptor 50​, has been on the Forbes Cloud 100​ since its inception, and was named a ​Technology Pioneer​ by the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Brad was named the ​Overall Entrepreneur of the Year​ by EY, the highest honor in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year U.S. award program.

Brad is a co-founder of ​Tempus​, a leader in the field of data-driven precision medicine, ​Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), ​Echo Global Logistics​ (NASDAQ:ECHO), M​ediaOcean​ (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), ​Drivin​ (acquired by NYSE:KAR), and the venture capital firm ​Lightbank​. He is on the Board of Trustees of ​Equity Residential​ (NYSE:EQR), a S&P 500 company.

He is the founder and Chairman of ​Chicago Ideas​, which has grown into one of the largest innovation and ideas gatherings in the world. He is the founder and Curator of ​wndr museum​, an immersive art experience integrating both established and emerging artists. He is the Chairman of ​Future Founders​, a non-profit providing entrepreneurship education and practical experience to students in underserved communities throughout Chicagoland.

Brad and his wife, Kim, signed ​The Giving Pledge​ in 2016, committing to give the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.

Brad is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School and a BBA from the University of Michigan School of Business.