Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur in America as well as the CEO and co-founder of Tempus. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Groupon, co-founder of the Echo Global Logistics (ECHO), Uptake, Mediaocean and InnerWorkings (INWK). Lefkofsky is also the co-founder of Lightbank, a venture capital firm based in Chicago.
Lefkofsky was brought up in Southfield, Michigan and attended the Southfield-Lathrup High School and graduated in 1987. He then joined the University of Michigan where he graduated from in 1991 with honors. He went on with his education at University of Michigan Law School and received a Juris Doctor in 1993.
Tempus refers to a technology company that assists physicians in delivering personalized care to cancer patients. It was founded in 2016 and Lefkofsky was a co-founder. The platform analyses clinical and molecular data to help physicians make real-time and data-driven decisions. Tempus has a proprietary approach to the data analytics that utilize deep machine learning and genomic sequencing to help doctors understand each patient’s tumor better. The platform also assists physicians in comprehensively understanding a patient’s cancer to help in administering the best personalized treatment option or therapies approved by the FDA and clinical trials.
Writing and Teaching
After his success at InnerWorkings, Lefkofsky embarked on a teaching career at Chicago area-based business schools. He used to teach about disruptive business models at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and taught Applied Technology at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (DePaul University). He is teaching an entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses course at Chicago Booth School of Business. Lefkofsky authored a book, Accelerated Disruption, which was published by Easton Studio Press. The book elaborates how technology affects a business.
Philanthropy and Community Interests
In 2006, Lefkofsky and wife Elizabeth founded a charitable trust that they named the Lefkofsky Foundation. It was formed for purposes of supporting scientific, charitable and educational organizations and various causes around the world. The foundation mostly focuses on children and has to date helped to fund over 50 organizations. In 2013, the Lefkofskys joined The Giving Pledge.
On a community level, Lefkofsky is on the Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago) board of directors. He is also a board of director at Industry and The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science. He is a trustee at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, an arts institution based in Chicago. Lefkofsky is also a board member of the World Business Chicago, and serves as its co-chairman of the Technology Council. In 2008, Lefkofsky joined the committee working to bring the Summer Olympics to Chicago in 2016.