Eric Paul Lefkofsky or simply known as Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who has made his mark both in the professional and social grounds. He is a founder and trailblazer of numerous startups and actively involved with humanitarian initiatives such as Tempus. As of 2015, his net worth was valued at US$1.7 billion.
Eric was born on 2nd September 1969 in Michigan. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987 and attended the University of Michigan to complete his graduation with honors in 1991. He also received his Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School in 1993.
After completing his studies, Eric started his career at the University of Michigan by selling carpets. Later on, in 1999, he formed Starbelly, an early Internet company that specialized in promotional products. In 2000, Eric became the Chief Operating Officer of Halo Industries that acquired Starbelly. However, after a setback with Halo and Starbelly, Eric co-founded InnerWorkings in the fall of 2001 that specializes in print procurement services for mid-sized companies and had tremendous success with it. He served on the Board of Directors of this company till 2012. Eric and his friend, Keywell also founded Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company in 2005 that is now publicly operating on NASDAQ. Following this, the due founded MediaBank, a media-buying technology company that merged with Data Systems to create a new company called Mediaocean which was a $1.5 billion deal.
Eric’s next venture in 2007 was ThePoint.com, an online collective action website that transformed into Groupon.com that managed to secure investments from Accel Partners and New Enterprise Associates and it is considered as the fastest growing company in history. In 2010, Eric and Keywell founded Lightbank that is involved in developing new companies in Chicago. Tempus is one of the recent ventures of Eric that he co-founded in 2016 which is a technology company that enables physicians to deliver personalized cancer care. Currently, Eric is serving as the Chairmen of Groupon since 2015, CEO of Uptake since 2014 and CEO of Tempus since 2016.
Apart from running new ventures, Eric is also involved with numerous philanthropic causes. He along with his wife Elizabeth formed the Lefkofsky Foundation that has funded 50 organizations focusing on children’s welfare. They are also active members of Giving Pledge. Eric has been involved with teaching and writing for a long while. His book named Accelerated Disruption was published by Easton Studio Press in November 2015.