Eric Lefkofsky gives a great deal of credit to his upbringing in the small town of Southfield, Michigan. His father was a structural engineer and his mother a school teacher. They both were excellent examples for Eric as well as his brother, that practices law, and sister who was a teacher. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrop High School in 1987 and went on to attend the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors. After receiving his bachelor degree, he was accepted into the University of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Education has always been a high priority, and he continues to be involved by being an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He is also an active alumnus of the University of Michigan.
Long List of Successful Ventures
Eric Lefkofsky began his foray into the business world as a carpet salesman while attending college. After graduating from law school, he and a college friend started Brandon Apparel in Madison, Wisconsin. This adventure later inspired them to start up an internet company called Starbelly. Its success drew the attention of a company called Halo who bought it and made Lefkofsky the chief operating officer. In 2001, Eric went on to co-found InnerWorkings and was on the board of directors for a number of years. Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company that was created in 2005, has since gone public on NASDAQ. One of his biggest investments was in an online collective website called ThePoint that later changed its name to Groupon. The company became a success, and in 2013, Eric Lefkofsky became the CEO until 2015 when he took on the role of Chairman. He then co-founded Uptake, LLC in 2014 and Tempus in 2016. Tempus holds a special meaning for Eric because of his dedication to fighting cancer.
The Future is Bright
The war on cancer has begun and Eric Lefkofsky is heading the fight by co-founding Tempus, which is a technology company that specializes in cancer care. Their data based platform uses clinical and molecular analysis to help physicians make decisions on the right procedures for each individual patient. Eric wants to see a cure for cancer during his lifetime and believes it is possible with the right approach. He and his wife are philanthropists who have given to many different charitable organizations such as the Lefkofsky Foundation and The Giving People. Eric is on the board of directors of several different organizations including The Art Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Steppenwolf Theater Company, The Museum of Science and Industry, and World Business Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky is a believer in the power of technology and its ability to change the world for the better.