Eric Lefkofsky is an American businessman, serial investor, and entrepreneur with over 100 investments in 70 companies and startups. He is currently based in Chicago, Illinois and is actively involved in philanthropic activities.
He received a B.A degree from the University of Michigan. He then went on to attain a J.D from the university’s school of law.
His career as an entrepreneur began while he was still at the University of Michigan when he got together with Brad Keywell to purchase Madison-based clothing line, Brandon Apparel.
His partnership with Keywell has been extremely fruitful, as the two have been involved in the co-founding of successful firms and ventures such as Starbelly, Echo Global Logistics, and MediaBank.
Eric Lefkofsky specializes in the conversion of traditional business systems into technologically astute entities that are competent and fully operational. He has either worked for, or had a hand in the development of entities such as Groupon, Innerworkings, Lightbank, Uptake, Mediaocean, and Tempus.
Currently, he is the CEO of Tempus and chairman of Groupon.
Tempus is a healthcare technology firm that makes it possible for physicians and other medical practitioners to offer cancer patients personalized care. This is made possible through the use of an interactive analytical learning platform.
This is done by creating an online database of clinical and molecular data and an operating system that would make this data easy to access and to comprehend. The objective here is to ensure that each patient will gain from the data collected from previous patients.
This platform will contribute to this process by making available tools for genome sequencing, data analysis, generating reports, and the validation of these reports.
Eric Lefkofsky is the author of Accelerated Disruption, a book that explains what disruptive businesses are, how they are formed, and how to achieve their sustainable growth.
A disruptive business is one that can move at the same speed with the improvement of technology. Those that are left behind in this dynamic change will be irrelevant and get replaced, while those that are able will have a competitive advantage in the years to follow.
In this book, he reiterates that the rate of technological development is allowing competition to emerge from either the large firms or from small innovative startups.
He has been an active philanthropist since the launch of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. This foundation aims at creating high impact opportunities in the fields of medical research, human rights, education and the arts.
In Chicago, he sits on the boards of various organizations in different capacities. He is a member of World Business Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
Eric Lefkofsky has also been involved in the committee of “Chicago 2016” that aimed to garner support for the city’s bid to host the incoming Summer Olympics.
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