Born on September 2, 1969, Eric Lefkosky co-founded Tempus- an operating system built to battle cancer. He is the current chief executive officer of the company. Eric also co-founded and acts as the managing director of Lightbank. He has formed many other startups including Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkinngs.
Eric began his career by selling carpets while still undertaking his degree course. After graduating from Law school, Lefkofsky and his college friend started an apparel company called Brandon Apparel. This was after they borrowed from relatives. In 1999, Eric and his friend founded an early Internet company- Starbelly that dealt with promotional products.
Eric Lefkosky acts as a trustee at the Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, Science and Industry Museum, the Art of Institute, and World Business in Chicago. He chairs the board of trustees at the Theatre Company in Chicago. Lefkofsky is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He attained his Juris Doctor at the Michigan Law School.
Teaching and writing
After his success at InnerWorkings, Eric began teaching at business schools in Chicago. Previously, he taught applied technology at the Depaul University and Northwestern University where he taught about disruptive business models. He currently teaches at the Chicago University as an adjunct professor. Here, he offers a course in entrepreneurship and starting technology-based businesses.
About Tempus, Inc
Founded in 2015, Tempus is a technology enterprise with an operating system that battles cancer. The company has physicians who provide personalized cancer care using analytical, interactive, and machine-learning platforms. The company offers genomic sequencing services. They analyze molecular and therapeutic data that empowers physicians to make a data-driven decision that is real-time. By analyzing data that is in the context of a patient with the same molecular profile, opportunities are realized that help the physician to offer specific treatment options including the FDA-approved therapies. Tempus aims to benefit each patient with the treatments of those who came before. It gives physicians the tools that enable them to learn as they gather more data that will allow them to provide comprehensive treatment.
Eric Lefkofsky’s philanthropy work
Lefkofsky believes a lot in giving back to the society. In 2006, Eric and his wife Liz founded a family foundation, Groupon, through which they give widely to various charities. Their funding areas include health care, education, human rights, medical research, art, and culture. The foundation does most of its giving in Chicago where it’s headquartered. The Lefkofskys have raised their giving to include a wide variety of interests like giving pledge signatories.
Eric is best described as a “serial entrepreneur” who has ventured in different charity deeds before co-founding Groupon. Some of their largest sums have gone to Lurie Children Memorial Hospital and Chicago’s NorthShore University Health System.
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