Not many entrepreneurs today can match Eric Lefkofsky’s achievements, experience, and fortune. Indeed, his $2.2 Billion investment in Groupon is a legacy on its own. For Lefkofsky, however, a more important investment is in the research and treatment of cancer. A few years ago, his wife Elizabeth Mr Lefkofsky was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was at this time that the prominent American entrepreneur developed a deep interest in using technology to find a solution for cancer patients. The CEO and co-founder of Tempus believes that technology can be a powerful platform for providing valuable information to physicians that treat cancer. His company connects anatomic and molecular data with other clinical data from around the country. This information is used by doctors to develop more efficient and personalized treatment systems. In the past, Tempus has collaborated with Ambramson Cancer Center, Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Rush University Medical Center among other organizations.
Eric Lefkofsky was born on September 2, 1969. He grew up in Southfield, Michigan and attended Southfield-Lathrup High School before joining the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors in 1991, Lefkofsky attended University of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Lefkofsky’s first career was selling carpet at the University of Michigan. Later, he and his college mate Brad Keywell started an apparel company in Madison. In 1999, the two entrepreneurs founded Starbelly, an internet company that focused on selling promotional products. In 2000, the company was bought by Halo Industries, with Lefkofsky becoming COO of Halo. In 2001, Lefkofsky cofounded InnerWorkings, a company that offered print procurement services to midsized companies. He remained on the board of directors of the company until October 2012. Lefkofsky and Keywell founded a freight and logistics company, Echo Global Logistics in 2005. The following year, the two founded MediaBank which later merged with Donovan Data Systems to create Mediaocean. Later, Lefkofsky co-founded ThePoint.com, later named Groupon.com. Today, Groupon is the fastest growing company in history.
Besides his interest in business, Lefkofsky and his wife run a charitable trust, the Lefkofsky Foundation that supports charitable, scientific and educational organizations around the globe. The trust has helped fund over 50 organizations as today.