Eric Lefkofsky and His Work in Fighting Cancer
Eric Lefkofsky helped to co-found Tempus where he is the CEO. Tempus focuses on technology with its main focus zeroing in on the eradication of cancer as a plague to mankind. He is also a co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, a global e-commerce marketplace that offers discounts to the public. He also helped to co-found Uptake Technologies which is a prominent platform for predictive analytics that is used by the world’s largest industries.
Lefkofsky is also one of the founders of the Chicago Venture Capital firm of Lightbank.
Eric Lefkofsky started his business career by selling carpets when he was in college at the University of Michigan. After he attended law school he became involved in various business ventures as managing partner and was involved in the formation and initial management of several businesses.
In January of 2007 he co-founded and provided initial capital for a company called ThePoint.com, which revised the name to Groupon in October of 2009. Through investments by others to the tune of some $30 million and $135 million, Groupon had a valuation of 1.35 billion in August of 2010. According to Forbes, Groupon was then the most rapidly growing company in history.
In February of 2010, Lefkofsky and a partner formed Lightbank, a venture capital company designed to further development of companies in the Chicago, Illinois area.
Mr. Lefkofsky and his wife founded a charitable trust, and it is named the Lefkofsky Foundation. The purpose of the trust is to support charitable educational, and scientific causes and organizations on a worldwide basis. The main focus of the activity of the trust is on children, and to this date the foundation has helped to fund more than 50 organizations.
Lefkofsky sits on several boards of directors in Chicago including Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the famed Museum of Science and Industry.
Lefkofsky is very active in teaching as he has taught Applied Technology at the Graduate School of DePaul University and he has taught an advanced business course at Northwestern University. To know more about him click here.