Eric Lefkofsky was born on September 2, 1969, in Southfield, Michigan. After graduating from high school in 1987, he did further studies at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1991. After graduating with further education in law, he and a friend co-founded clothing company. In 2000 he joined the team of Halo Industries as its COO. In 2001, co-founded InnerWorkings. He is a co-founder and current CEO of Tempus, a company focused on developing technology that aids doctors in the battle against cancer. He is also a co-founder of several other companies including Groupon.
In 2005, Lefkofsky co-founded Echo Global Logistics. In 2006, he co-founded MediaBank. In 2007, he co-founded the online collection agency, ThePoint.com. This company changed its name to Groupon in 2008. In 2010 Forbes listed Groupon as the fastest growing company in history. It was doing so well by this time in fact that Google offered to buy it for a reported $6 billion with this offer turned down. In 2012 MediaBank merged with Donavan Data Systems and became Mediaocean. In addition, he is one of the founding investors in Uptake Technologies. In 2014, he co-founded Uptake, LLC. And finally, in 2016 he co-founded Tempus.
He also is committed to several areas of philanthropy. In 2006 he and his wife Liz started the Leftkofsky Family Foundation to manage these charitable areas. He also sits on the charity boards of the Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is also highly involved with the educational world. He currently serves as adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He has also taught Applied Technology at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. He also sits as a board member and co-chair of the Technology Councill of the World Business Chicago.
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