Eric Lefkofsky is a serial entrepreneur with interests in a number of sectors including technology, education, business and healthcare. According to Wikipedia, the 47 year old entrepreneur from Chicago is the cofounder of Echo Global Logistics, Lightbank venture capital, Tempus, Groupon, Uptake, Mediaocean and Innerworkings among other entities. Tempus is a technology firm that is involved in developing a bullet system for fighting cancer. The Chicago based Groupon is a leading localized eCommerce entity that operates around the clock. Uptake, on the other hand, is a predictive analytics company engaged in empowering companies by enhancing their performance and reducing asset failures. Lefkosfky’s parents raised him up in Southfield Michigan.
His father is a structural engineer and the mother, a school teacher. Eric Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991 and went on to pursue a Juris Doctor in 1993 at the University of Michigan Law School. According to an overview appearing on LinkedIn, Lefkofsky specializes in transforming conventional businesses into tech savvy entities that promise exceptional delivery. As the CEO and Cofounder of Tempus, Inc Lefkofsky has managed to produce physician aided personalized cancer care systems using machine learning and interactive analytical platform. The company aims to provide timely and long lasting treatment data to physicians and patients. Physicians can use the genomic sequencing services and therapeutic data provided by Tempus to make life saving, real time decision.
The long term goal of the initiative is to help cancer patients live longer or get a lasting cure. With regards to philanthropy, some of the causes close to Lefkosfky’s heart include education, human rights, health, the arts and culture. This is the reason why Lefkofsky along with his wife Liz founded the private Lefkofsky Family Foundation (LFF) in 2006. The organizations supported by the foundation include; The Art Institute of Chicago, Academy for Urban School Leadership, Writers Theatre, The Aspen Institute, Human Rights Watch and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Elsewhere, in a push to advance technology to the next level and empower young startups, Lefkofsky established Accelerated Disruption. According to Accelerateddistruption.com, the entity deals with a number of critical concepts, key among them:
- Picking the right industry to innovate
- Using automation to get the most out of people
- Transforming customer into a reliable R&D teams
- Using conventional wisdom to interrogate and test various ideas
- Developing capital raising strategies to support businesses during critical developmental stages
Lefkofsky has written a book that expounds on Accelerated Disruption, where he explains how businesses are established, developed and sustained. The book was published by Easton Studio Press in 2007. He has also established 5 successful technology startups worth more than 1 billion. Eric Lefkosfky’s net worth is estimated by Forbes Magazine to be about $1.7 billion.