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    Brad Keywell

    Founder & Chairman, Chicago Ideas and Founder & CEO, Uptake

    Brad Keywell is a lifelong entrepreneur and co-founder of seven technology companies, a cultural curator of 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, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

    Brad is a founding investor in Tempus and co-founder of Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), MediaOcean, Drivin (acquired by NYSE:KAR), and the venture capital firm Lightbank. He is on the Board of Trustees of Equity Residential(NYSE:EQR).

    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 Chairman of Future Founders Foundation, providing entrepreneurial education to inner-city students in the Chicagoland area. 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. Brad and his wife, Kim, signed The Giving Pledge in 2016.

    For more information, connect with Brad through his website, reach out on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter. To listen to Brad’s podcast, sign up for The Upside on Soundcloud and iTunes.

    Past Events

    Thursday, Oct 15 2015

    12 PM

    With state-of-the-art robots, the introduction of big data and the always-improving applications of Internet technologies, business is at the... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Wednesday, Oct 14 2015

    Tuesday, Oct 18 2016

    7:30 PM

    Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires a great deal of grit, inspiration, motivation and a little bit of luck. Rome wasn’t built... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Tuesday, Oct 18 2016

    7:30 PM

    Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires a great deal of grit, inspiration, motivation and a little bit of luck. Rome wasn’t built... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Cadillac Palace Theatre

    Sunday, Oct 23 2016

    1:30 PM

    From his Emmy Award-winning role as Walter White in the groundbreaking TV series Breaking Bad to a Tony Award-winning performance as President... read more
    1 hour | Conversation | The Vic Theatre

    Tuesday, Oct 17 2017

    11:30 AM

    Consider a world in which a city’s police force resembles the people they represent. What about a world without capitalism as we know it? Would... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Venue SIX10

    Tuesday, Oct 17 2017

    11:30 AM

    Consider a world in which a city’s police force resembles the people they represent. What about a world without capitalism as we know it? Would... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Venue SIX10

    Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

    7 PM

    What is happiness, and how does it influence our daily lives? What is the world asking of you? What do you think about right before you die? In... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Harris Theater

    Wednesday, Oct 18 2017

    7 PM

    What is happiness, and how does it influence our daily lives? What is the world asking of you? What do you think about right before you die? In... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Harris Theater

    Friday, Oct 20 2017

    10 AM

    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing... read more
    7 hours | Edison | Harris Theater

    Friday, Oct 20 2017

    10 AM

    Join us a Edison Talks this year, where we’ll explore our theme, the Uncharted, with more than a dozen speakers and performers who are pushing... read more
    7 hours | Edison | Harris Theater

    Friday, Oct 19 2018

    9 AM

    Meaningful, lasting change at a citywide level doesn’t only come from policies or social media—it comes from humans. Our re-imagined premier event,... read more
    3 hours | Lab | Harris Theater

    Monday, Oct 29 2018

    Thursday, Oct 18 2018

    12 PM

    Often referred to as “the most powerful man in sports,” Roger Goodell is the Commissioner of the NFL. His father-in-law, Sam Skinner, is a lawyer... read more
    1 hour | Talk | Venue TBD*

    Thursday, Nov 29 2018

    Saturday, Oct 12 2019

    7 PM

    Can storytelling reshape the narrative of a city? Is meditation the key to success? Can comedy help us heal? Creativity has the power to bring us... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Harris Theater

    Monday, Oct 14 2019

    6:30 PM

    What’s the cost of privilege? Can our policy have a conscience? Is philanthropy enough? Can substantive debates be reduced to 280 characters? We’re... read more
    2 hours | Talk | Harris Theater

    Tuesday, Oct 15 2019

    Tuesday, Oct 15 2019

    Wednesday, Oct 16 2019

    Thursday, Oct 17 2019

    12 PM

    The business that you grow will only be as strong as the idea that started it. In this rare course with Brad Keywell—the serial entrepreneur behind... read more
    1 hour | Conversation | Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

    Thursday, Oct 17 2019

    12 PM

    The business that you grow will only be as strong as the idea that started it. In this rare course with Brad Keywell—the serial entrepreneur behind... read more
    1 hour | Conversation | Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art

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