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


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


We are like a family. We help each other and we learn from one another.

Ujjwal Gupta, BenchPrep

Meet the

Operating Professionals


Lightbank has pushed us to try things outside of our comfort zone.

Arum Kang, Coffee Meets Bagel