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2013-07-25 12:24:27

Buzz Aldrin, Malcolm Gladwell, David Gregory, Dan Savage, Elizabeth Smart, Cat Cora and more to take the stage CHICAGO, July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, co-founders of Groupon and Lightbank, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are thrilled to announce official speakers and programming for the third annual Chicago Ideas Week (CIW). Taking place Oct. 14-20, CIW will feature nearly 200 renowned global speakers, including legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, journalist and...

2013-06-04 12:24:53

Pulitzer-nominated film critic Matt Zoller Seitz to curate content for site; Advisory Board includes Groupon co-founder CHICAGO, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ebert Digital, owner of the redesigned, highly interactive RogerEbert.com portal for film reviews and movie news, has selected Matt Zoller Seitz, a Pulitzer-nominated film and television critic, as the new editor-in-chief. The site also has a three-member Advisory Board that will include Brad Keywell, co-founder of Groupon and...

2013-01-30 08:33:33

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightbank, a venture capital firm founded by entrepreneurs Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, today announced the opening of its second location in the Flatiron District of New York. Lightbank's New York presence will enable the firm to better serve and grow its portfolio in New York and the East Coast, where it will join a community full of promising tech startups. "New York is an active and diverse tech hub that has produced many remarkable companies,...

2013-01-07 08:23:48

BOSTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ovuline, a leader in healthcare IT for pregnancy, today announced $1.4 million in seed financing. Lightbank led the round, with participation from Launch Capital, LionBird and Techstars founder and CEO David Cohen. The funding allows Ovuline to continue development of its mobile and Web-based Smart Fertility(TM) product and expand its presence in the pregnancy tracking space. Launched in June 2012, Ovuline uses technology and machine learning to help...

2012-12-19 12:26:56

CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lightbank, a venture capital firm founded by serial entrepreneurs Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky, has launched Lightbank Design to provide emerging design talent with mentorship and real-world experience working with Lightbank-backed startups. Lightbank Design is a paid 3-month program in which designers will hone their skills working side-by-side in Lightbank's office with some of the most innovative minds in its portfolio of more than 50 early-stage...

2012-09-24 10:24:28

CHICAGO, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brickfish, the award-winning social media marketing technology platform, is today kicking off Social Media Week Chicago as the City Sponsor. This premier global social media event is occurring concurrently in 14 different locations throughout the globe. The event in Chicago is taking place from September 24(th) to 28(th) with a theme of "Empowering Change Through Collaboration." Brickfish is also hosting keynote speaker Erik Qualman...

2012-09-04 02:27:22

CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), the annual seven-day celebration of ideas, innovation, and community geared towards turning provocative ideas into action, announced its speakers for this year's program, taking place October 8-14, 2012. As of today, tickets are currently on sale and details can be found at www.chicagoideas.com or by calling (800) 247-4360. "Chicago Ideas Week is once again bringing together some of the world's top innovators and thinkers to...

2011-10-12 08:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Udemy, "the Academy of you", today announced it has completed a $3 million Series A financing. The round was led by Lightbank, the Chicago-based technology investment fund started by Groupon co-founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell, and with additional support from funders MHS Capital and 500 Startups. Udemy's new capital will be used primarily to add key employees to the company's marketing and business development teams. Launched in May...

2011-10-07 01:41:00

CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing efforts to promote and grow the startup community in Chicago, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) held its fourth annual Momentum Awards Dinner on October 6th at the Hilton Chicago and raised more than $1 million. This year's event brought together 950 leaders from Chicago's vast business ecosystem, including entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 CEOs, mid-market executives, academic innovators and investors, to celebrate the...

2011-09-27 08:37:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BodyShopBids, developers of a free online service that enables consumers to get auto repair estimates from local body shops, today announced that it has closed a seed round of outside venture capital from Lightbank, the technology investment fund started by Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell. The website, iPhone and Android apps are currently operational in Chicago and have been generating regular savings of over 70% on auto collision repairs for...