Eric Lefkofsky: Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
In 2016, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus, a technology company dedicated to bringing an analytical and data-driven approach to cancer treatment. As the CEO of the company, Lefkofsky is dedicated to expanding the company’s influence and honing their technology and expertise to further advance their impact. Within the cancer treatment technology industry, Tempus has revolutionized the approach that doctors and physicians take to analyze patients. Tempus uses unique and proprietary methods to analyze a patient’s condition in order to give healthcare providers a better advantage when treating their patients. Tempus uses deep machine learning, genomic sequencing and other advanced methods of data gathering to equip doctors with more knowledge about each patient’s cancer. After analyzing this data, Tempus creates detailed reports with which the doctors can create customized cancer treatments for each of their patients.
Eric Lefkofsky was born and raised in Southfield, Michigan to a small family of four. His mother worked as a school teacher and his father as a structural engineer. He attended high school close to home at Southfield-Lathrup High. Lefkofsky completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. He furthered his education at the University of Michigan Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1993. One of Lefkofsky’s first entrepreneurial endeavor began while he was attending the University of Michigan. With loans from some of his relatives, Lefkofsky and a friend bought the Brandon Apparel clothing company in Madison, Wisconsin.
In 2001, Lefkofsky co-founded InnerWorkings. This group worked with smaller companies to provide services in print procurement. After years of steady growth and income, InnerWorkings became publically shared in 2006. Teaming up with Keywell once again, Lefkofsky co-founded Echo Global Logistics. The freight logistics company was successful enough to draw the attention and financing of New Enterprise Associates, a very large technology investor. Lefkofsky is also well-known for his involvement in Groupon. He co-founded the company in 2007 under its previous name ThePoint.com. In fact, Forbes named Groupon as history’s fastest growing company in 2010. In the same year, the duo announced the creation of Lightbank, a company dedicated to helping other businesses in Chicago to succeed.
In addition to his business pursuits, Lefkofsky also spends a lot of his resources on charitable endeavors. Along with his wife Elizabeth, the couple founded the Lefkofsky Foundation to act as their philanthropic arm. The foundation is dedicated to serving the communities in which Lefkofsky is involved by improving people’s lives. They have worked with over 50 companies in fields ranging from science, education and charity. Lefkofsky is also an active board member for a large number of Chicago-based organizations and companies such as The Art Institute of Chicago, the Children’s Memorial Hospital and The Museum of Science and Industry. Lefkofsky (http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2016/10/04/groupons-eric-lefkofsky-returns-to-the-forbes-400.html) was also appointed as a trustee member for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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