Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most successful businessmen in America. He has founded or co-founded such ventures as Tempus, Lightbank, Echo Global Logistics, Groupon and several others. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1969 he spent his youth in Southfield, Michigan. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Michigan and in 1993 he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
Lefkofsky didn’t wait long to start his business career; he sold carpet while still a university student and in 1993 he and a friend bought an apparel company in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2001 Eric founded his first major company, InnerWorkings, a company that provides promotional material designed to promote a brand, including in-store display material, fixtures, print and promotional material. Today the company has over forty offices, located throughout the world and services over six thousand customers. In 2005 he founded Echo Global Logistics, a company that provides transportation and supply chain management services to more than twenty-two thousand clients in industries such as manufacturing, construction, and retail. In 2007 Eric co-founded Groupon, the most recognized company he has started and Groupon is now one of the leading shopping destinations in the world.
In 2015, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded Tempus where he currently serves as the company CEO. Tempus is an operating system designed to help in the battle against cancer. Tempus gives physicians the ability to create personalized cancer care based on data gathered from the treatment of others. Physicians can access the latest data available on the breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer with other types of cancer added as the program develops. Doctors can make real-time decisions based on data collected about similar tumors.
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth founded the Lefkofsky Foundation in 2006. The foundation is a charitable trust, with an emphasis on children, dedicated to supporting education, science, and charities around the world. To date, the Foundation has made contributions to over fifty organizations. Eric and Liz are regular donors to cancer research projects through their foundation; recent donations include $1 million to Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, $500,000 to the cancer research center at Stanford University, and $1.2 million to cancer research projects at the University of Michigan.
Lefkofsky is also very involved in his community, serving as a trustee for several organizations, including, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater Company, and several others. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago.