Eric Lefkofsky is an influential entrepreneur and an active philanthropist. In 1991, Eric attended the University of Michigan, earning his honors degree and later joining University of Michigan Law School to get his Juris Doctor.
Lefkofsky started off his entrepreneurial activities while in the university by selling carpets. Shortly after completing school, he involved himself in ventures such as Brandon Apparel, and Starbelly Company, which specialized in promoting products on the internet. Eric Lefkofsky has been in the business industry for long, founding different companies towards his path to glory. He has been the co-founding partner of several notable companies such as InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, and Uptake, LLC. among many others.
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Among the many abilities Eric has, is writing. He has published a book; Accelerated Disruption, which evaluates how businesses are affected by technological trends. It emphasizes that companies that are flexible enough to change with the advancing technology are more likely to thrive than those that can’t. Eric advises on how disruptive companies can be formed, grown and sustained at the speed of the technological advancement.
Tempus, a company, dealing with cancer cure is his most recent accomplishment. Lefkofsky, its President, founded tempus in 2016 shortly after stepping down from his CEO position at Groupon, an online collection action website. Tempus, the health-tech startup, seeks to modernize cancer treatment with its infrastructure. It uses innovative genomic sequencing and analysis methods, Tempus.com is determined to provide precise and personalized medicine. Tempus’ data and website helps doctors and physicians understand patients’ tumors, make data-driven treatment decisions, and develop a care plan for the patients. Tempus is currently dealing with breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers and hopes to add treatment of more cancers in the near future.
Philanthropic activities Eric is involved in
In 2006, Eric and his wife Elizabeth, signatories of the Giving Pledge, formed the Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable foundation. Its sole purpose is to support charitable, scientific, and educational organizations, and causes around the world. Its mission is to enhance the quality of human life while focusing on education, human rights, medical research, and arts and culture. Eric Lefkofsky works towards bettering the community he lives in; he boards several institutions such as Children’s Memorial Hospital and The Museum of Art and Culture. Eric keeps a low profile in his hometown Chicago, but Forbes lists him among the richest men.