Eric Lefkofsky: Businessman and Philanthropist

Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Not only has he co-founded a series of very successful companies, he also gladly shares his time and resources with less fortunate people the world over. Many people associate the name Eric Lefkofsky the collective action and Tempus, the technology company that helps physicians to personalize the cancer treatments they provide for their patients. The Michigan native has created numerous other companies. He started his first one, selling carpeting on campus, while he was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan.

He has now gone from being the guy selling carpet on campus to the visionary, internationally known businessman with the Midas touch. In addition to the success has enjoyed with Groupon and Tempus, he also started Starbelly, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, Lightbank and Uptake. Most of those companies have done exceptionally well and are now publicly traded. For many people Eric Lefkofsky’s most important company is the collective action website Millions of people all over the country use it to save themselves money. However, many others see the role that his company Tempus has played in improving life of cancer patients worldwide as being more meaningful.

But Eric Lefkofsky is having an impact in a number of other ways. He and his wife Elizabeth have started a charitable trust called the Lefkofsky Foundation. Through that organization they have been able to provide support for educational, scientific and charitable organizations that help children worldwide. In 2013, Eric and Elizabeth Lefkofsky joined The Giving Pledge. That means they promise to give all their wealth to philanthropic causes at or before their death. Lefkofsky also gives generously of his time to a wide array of social and business organizations in Chicago.

Lefkofsky is on Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital’s board of directors. He’s also on The Art Institute of Chicago’s board as well as that of The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He’s also a Steppenwolf Theatre Company trustee. Plus he teaches at several Chicago area business schools. Lefkofsky taught Applied Technology at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. At Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management he taught disruptive business models. And Eric Lefkofsky’s currently teaching building technology-based businesses and entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Recently Lefkofsky’s had his book Accelerated Disruption published by Easton Studio Press. The book looks at how technology affects business and resume his.

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