Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who is currently the co-founder and CEO of Tempus. Eric is the co-founder and chairman of Groupon, and co-founder of Uptake, Echo Global Logistics (ECHO), InnerWorkings (INWK) and Mediaocean. He is also Lightbank’s co-founder, which is a Chicago-based venture capital firm.
Early Life and Education
Lefkofsky grew up in Southfield, Michigan and went to the Southfield-Lathrup High School where he graduated from in 1987. He then proceeded to University of Michigan up until 1991 and graduated with honors. He proceeded on with his education and enrolled at the University of Michigan Law school. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Tempus Tech Company
Tempus is a tech company that has developed technology to assist physicians in offering cancer patients with personalized care. The company was founded in 2016 by Eric Lefkofsky and others. The technology platform assists in analyzing molecular and clinical data to assist physicians make data-driven and real-time decisions. Tempus uses a proprietary approach to data analytics that use genomic sequencing and deep machine learning to assist doctors understand the tumor of a single patient better. This helps the physicians to administer the best treatment therapies and options that have been approved by FDA and tested through clinical trials.
Teacher and Author Roles
Following the success that Lefkofsky enjoyed at InnerWorkings, he took up teaching in various business schools based in Chicago. He taught disruptive business models at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. At DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, he taught applied technology. At the Chicago Booth School of Business, he is teaching a business course in entrepreneurship and building technology. Eric Lefkofsky is an author and has written Accelerated Disruption, published by the Easton Studio Press. The book explains in detail how technology is capable of affecting a business.
Community Activities and Philanthropy
Eric lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth have a charitable trust they founded in 2006 called the Lefkofsky Foundation. The foundation was formed to support charitable, educational and scientific organizations as well as other deserving causes in the world. the main focus of the foundation is on children and has managed to provide assistance to more than 50 organizations. The Lefkofskys also joined hands with The Giving Pledge in 2013.
As far as community activities are concerned, Mr. Lefkofsky sits on the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago), Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a Steppenwolf Theatre Company trustee, which is an institution of performing arts found in Chicago. He also sits at the World Business Chicago’s board and is also the co-chairman of the Technology Council. Lefkofsky had in 2008 become part of the committee that was charged with bringing the Summer Olympics of 2016 to Chicago.