Eric Lefkofsky is a famous and very successful entrepreneur from the United States. He was born on 02 September 1969 in Southfield, Michigan. At quite a young age, he has founded many companies. Besides being the co-founder, he is also the Chief Operating Officer of Tempus and Chairman of Groupon. Other companies that he co-founded include Uptake, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, Lightbank, and Mediaocean. Lefkofsky’s father was a structure engineer, and his mother was a school teacher. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1991. Two years later, he acquired the Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School.
While he was a student at the University of Michigan, he started selling carpets. In 1993, Eric Lefkofsky and his friend bought an apparel company Brandon Apparel in Wisconsin. In 1999, the two friends created Starbelly, an internet company which promoted products. A year later, they sold Starbelly to Halo Industries, and Lefkofsky became its Chief Operating Officer. Unfortunately, the company went bankrupt after one year.
It was 2001 when Lefkofsky co-founded InnerWorkings which provided the services of print procurement to medium sized businesses. It was a huge success, and InnerWorkings entered US stock market in August 2006. Until 2012, Lefkofsky was a member of the company’s Board of Directors. In 2005, Lefkofsky and his partner created Echo Global Logistics which is a company for freight logistics. The company was another success, and NEA (New Enterprise Associates) became interested in series D financing. By 2006, Echo Global Logistics joined US stock exchange, and today it is traded successfully.
In 2006, the two founded a technology company MediaBank which provided software analysis, accounting, buying and planning to advertisers. The company was another success as it acquired Datatech and attracted NEA for investment. In 2007, Lefkofsky co-founded ThePoint.com which was renamed to Groupon.com in 2008. This company attracted investors like NEA, Battery Ventures, and Digital Sky Technology. In 2010, Lightbank was created by Lefkofsky and Keywell. They also created Uptake in 2014. Lefkofsky decided to step down as the CEO of Groupon in 2015. It was 2016 when Lefkofsky founded Tempus and became its CEO. It is a tech company that allows physicians to provide cancer care.
Eric Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist. He formed Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust which supports educational, scientific and charitable organizations around the globe. The foundation has funded more than fifty organizations and had a focus on children.
Lefkofsky is very active on social media. He uses the internet to update his followers about his personal life and spread good messages. His Facebook page focuses more on promoting about cancer treatment. His Twitter account spreads awareness about latest technological advancements and cancer awareness. He wrote a book with the title Accelerated Disruption which describes effects of technology on business.