Eric Lefkofsky is an American serial investor and a philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, which is a technology company focused on fighting cancer. Additionally, he serves as a professor at the University of Chicago and the author of Accelerated Disruption. Eric Lefkofsky (http://www.bizjournals.com/chicago/news/2016/10/04/groupons-eric-lefkofsky-returns-to-the-forbes-400.html) studied at the University of Michigan and acquired his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School. Lefkofsky began his career in business by selling carpets while still at the university.
After graduating, he teamed up with Bradley Keywell in the purchase of Brendon Apparel in 1994. They co-founded Starbelly in 1999 and sold it for $240 million. Eric Lefkofsky has served in executive positions to the companies that he has founded and co-founded. He co-founded Lightbank and worked as the Managing Director of the company. Lightbank is a venture fund that specializes in disruptive technology businesses. He was the founder and the CEO of InnerWorkings, a global print management, and brand delivery company in Chicago. Lefkofsky launched Echo Global Logistics in 2005.
Erick founded MediaBank in 2006 where he works to date. Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon. Groupon is a local commerce company with its headquarters in Chicago. Before starting Tempus, Eric cofounded Uptake in 2014, is a predictive analytics company. Eric Lefkofsky donated millions of dollars in support of cancer research. His interests in finding treatment for cancer led to the launch of Tempus in 2015.
Tempus Inc. is a Chicago-based startup that specializes in building infrastructure for cancer treatment. The company has highly qualified professionals who use statistical analysis and algorithms to collect and analyze genomic data. The data collected helps the physicians in prescribing more precise and personalized medicine to the cancer patients. Currently, the company works with the breast, lung, pancreatic and lung cancer patients.
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Liz founded Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The private charitable foundation focuses on improving the quality of human life through high impact programs, initiative, and research. The foundation has its interests in various sectors such as education, health care, human rights, arts, culture, and medical research. They have supported various health causes in both Chicago and U.S at large. The foundation donates mainly to the medical centers that support treatment of children and different types of cancers such as leukemia, lung, thyroid, and pancreatic cancer.
Lefkofsky Family Foundation also pioneered Moneythink, which provides mentorship and financial lessons to urban schools. Additionally, the organizations also donated $1.2 million to the University of Michigan Health System. Lefkofsky is a great supporter of the arts and culture industry in Chicago. He has generously contributed to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.