Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of a number of successful startups in the country including Tempus. He is also involved with a number of social causes and supports more than a dozen of humanitarian organizations.
Before we proceed with Eric’s achievements and contributions to the society and business community, we must take a look at his background. Eric Lefkofsky was born and brought up at Southfield in Michigan by his father Bill, a structural engineer and mother Sandy, a school teacher. Eric attended Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated from here in 1987. Afterward, he graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1991. He also attended University of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1993. As a student, he was bright, quite popular among the students and he had a keen interest in entrepreneurship.
Eric’s first entrepreneurship venture took place in 1993 when he was attending law school where he started his career by selling carpets at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he along with his college friend, Brad Keywell bought an apparel company named Brandon Apparel in Wisconsin. After six years, He and his friend created Starbelly that specialized on promotional products and it was an immense success in the backdrop of pre-bubble Internet growth. In 2000, the company was sold to Halo Industries and Eric joined it as the COO. His next venture was InnerWorking that he cofounded in 2001 to provide print procurement services to mid-sized companies. It was a very successful venture, and Eric was with this company as a Board Director till 2012. Meanwhile, he also co-founded a freight logistics company named Echo Global Logistics which is also doing great business. After some successful transformations and continuous growth, MediaBank was merged with Mediaocean in a deal worth a whopping $1.5 billion. The next year, Eric co-founded ThePoint.com, an online collective action website which became Groupon in 2008. In 2010, it was the fastest growing company in history. In addition to these, Eric also co-founded a number of other ventures including LightBank in 2010 and Uptake, LLC in 2014.
However, Eric is truly proud of his latest venture called Tempus that he co-founded in 2016. Tempus is a unique technology company that caters to physicians to develop personalized cancer care treatment with its innovative operating system. Eric serves as the CEO of Tempus. In addition to this, he is also serving as the Chairmen of Groupon. Besides developing and running new and successful startups, Eric is also involved with some social causes. He is the Co-founder of Lefkofsky Family Foundation and an active member of The Giving People. His approach, insights, and achievements can be found in his published book named Accelerated Disruption.