Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur born on September 2, 1969. He is a co-founder of various companies among them Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Mediaocean, lightbank, Uptake, and Tempus where he also doubles as the CEO.
Erick Lefkosky currently works with Tempus, a health technology startup that is committed to building infrastructure that is geared to modernizing cancer treatment. The company helps healthcare professionals and doctors to make personalized, data-driven, and real-time cancer treatment decisions by analyzing the patient’s genetic code. Tempus uses sophisticated genomic sequencing and analysis methods to help doctors and healthcare providers understand tumors better.
Early life and education
Eric Lefkofsky, a son to Bill and Sandy, grew up in Southfield, Michigan State. He attended Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated in 1987 before proceeding to University of Michigan where he graduated in 1991 with honors. Lefkosky furthered his education by enrolling again with University of Michigan Law School where he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Eric Paul Lefkofsky and his wife Liz occasionally give to cancer research initiatives through their charitable trust, the Lefkofsky Foundation that they founded in 2006. Since its inception, The Lefkofsky foundation has donated $500,000 to aid research in immunotherapy for gastric cancer at University of Stanford, $1.2 million for cancer research at University of Michigan, $250,000 to Weill Cornell Medicine to aid in breast cancer research, and $1 million to Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. The foundation has helped fund more than 50 organizations.
In 2013, through their philanthropic endeavors, the Lefkofskys become members of The Giving Pledge. They pledged to donate at least half of the wealth they have to philanthropy throughout their lifetimes. Eric Lefkosky is also a Trustee at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Lefkofsky (https://www.facebook.com/eplefkofsky/) has strong interests in community empowerment. He serves as a board of director in numerous organizations and companies with interests in community development. Some of them include; The Art Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a Trustee member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a performing arts institution based in Chicago. Lefkofsky also serves as member and co-chairman of World Business Chicago Technology council that brought the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.
Social media presence
Lefkofsky is largely present in a majority of the social media platforms. For instance, on twitter, he can be reached at @lefkofsky. Lefkofsky also owns a personal blog that he uses to communicate important information regarding some of his activities. On July 18, 2016, he wrote on his personal blog how artificial intelligence and big data are moving the society forward.
Teaching and writing
According to Forbes, Lefkofsky works in the teaching and writing industry where he has contributed immensely toward its growth and success. After his success at InnerWorkings, Lefkofsky took to a teaching career at various business schools in Chicago. He has previously taught at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Presently Lefkofsky is an Adjunct Professor at the Booth School of Business in Chicago University. Additionally, he has contributed to the industry’s growth by writing a book; Accelerated Disruption. The book explains how technology affects businesses arguing that businesses that control and understand forces of technology thrive while those that do not get displaced.
Follow Eric on Twitter @lefkofsky to keep up with his news and events.