Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur. Eric has co-founded a number of companies with his college friend, Bred Keywell, in the Chicago area. These include Tempus, Groupon, Lightbank, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics and Innerworkings. He is the current CEO of Tempus and chairman of Groupon.
Lefkofsky’s Childhood and Education
Lefkofsky spent his early childhood years in Southfield Michigan, where he lived with his father , a structural engineer, mother who was a school teacher and two siblings. He attended Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated in 1987 before joining the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. Eric’s thirst for knowledge saw him joining University of Michigan Law School from where he received his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Lefkofsky’s Business Ventures
EricLefkofsky started his entrepreneurial journey while in college. He sold carpets at the University of Michigan. Soon after graduating from law school, Eric partnered with Brad Keywell sought some capital and bought Brandon Apparel, an apparel company in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1999, the duo created Starbelly, an Internet company that specialized in promoting products. They later sold the company to Halo food. After Starbelly, the partners co-founded other companies including Innerworkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, Lightbank, Uptake, Groupon and Tempus. Based on Linkedin.com
His Role at Tempus
Tempus is a technology company that was co-founded by Eric and Brad. This company deals with collecting of genomic data which can be used by doctors to improve outcomes among cancer patients. The company has a state-of-the art laboratory that is fully equipped with the latest equipment which are operated by highly qualified staffs. Lefkofsky is the CEO for Tempus.com where he oversees the operations of the company. His social media presence depicts him as someone who is highly invested in his work at Tempus.
His Philanthropic Endeavors
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth formed the Lefkofsky, which is a charitable trust that supports charitable, educational and scientific organizations causes all over the world. This foundation is focused on children and has so far helped to fund over 50 organizations.