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...
The team has truly "been there, done that."
We are like a family. We help each other and we learn from one another.
Lightbank has pushed us to try things outside of our comfort zone.