The Team

Our History

Once upon a time...

Two serial entrepreneurs, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell decided to start a fund – while they had always started companies, they wanted to start investing in companies and helping other entrepreneurs succeed. This was no ordinary fund, it was the culmination of 20+ years of company building. It all started with Starbelly back in 1999 – and continued with Innerworkings (NASDAQ:INWK), Echo Global Logistics (NASDAQ:ECHO), MediaOcean, Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN), and more. Having raised over $1.5 billion in capital over the years into companies that they started, producing over $10 billion in equity value, it was time to open their doors and network to a new class of entrepreneurs. And Lightbank was born...

Meet the

Investment Professionals

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The team has truly "been there, done that."

Pete Kazanjy, TalentBin

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We’re a proud San Francisco company that went to Chicago and Lightbank for its seed funding. We have no doubt it was the right decision.

Lawrence Coburn, DoubleDutch