If there is any man that has played a significant role in establishing and heading many corporate ventures, it has to be Erick Lefkofsky. Lefkofsky is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tempus, a technology-based company that built an operating system for fighting cancer.
Also, Lefkofsky founded Lightbank and is its current Managing Director. Lightbank is a venture fund investment company specializing in disruptive technologies. Lefkofsky also co-founded and chairs Groupon, an international e-commerce marketplace. He also co-founded Uptake Technologies, which is one of the best predictive analytics forum for some of the world’s mega industries.
Lefkofsky is also associated with Mediaocean, a top provider of integrated media procurement technology. Also, under his name is Echo Global Logistics, an outsourcing firm that deals in logistics and transportation. Lefkofsky is part of InnerWorkings, an international service provider or promotional and managed print solutions.
Education and Early Life
Lefkofsky is the son of Bill, a structural engineer, and Sandy, a school teacher. He grew up in Southfield, Michigan. He is the brother to Steven, an established attorney practicing in Michigan and a sister Jodi, a former high school teacher. He went o Southfield-Lathrup High School and later proceeded to the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors in 1991. From there, he went to the University Of Michigan Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1993.
Lefkofsky’s Philanthropy and Community Acts
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Liz established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006, a private charitable foundation. The organization seeks to advance high-impact projects that enhance livelihoods and communities. The firm specializes in children matters and has so far helped to fund over fifty organizations.
He is a Trustee at The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business, Art Institute of Chicago, and Lurie Children’s Hospital located in Chicago. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Steppenwolf Theater Company. Lefkofsky always strives to lead a positive impact wherever he goes, and such are the qualities that brand him one of the most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropist.
Teaching and Authorship
Lefkofsky has a successful career at InnerWorking, and that saw him venture into teaching at various business schools in Michigan. He has also been an Applied Technology lecturer at DePaul University, School of Business as well as Kellogg School of Management at Northwest University where he taught disruptive business models.
Currently, Lefkofsky serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and creation of technology-based businesses. Lefkofsky authored and published a book called the Accelerated Disruption.
Entrepreneurship and Business Ventures
Lefkofsky (https://www.facebook.com/eplefkofsky/) began his career by selling carpets at his former university. Soon after graduation, he teamed up with his friend, Brad Keywell, to buy a Madison-based apparel company.
His second venture was InnerWorkings, and the company has enjoyed considerable success since its launch in 2001; hence, featuring on the IPO in the United States stock market. Since then, Eric Lefkofsky has founded, co-founded or worked for several other successful companies as mentioned above.