When you hear the name Eric Lefkofsky, it probably does not ring any bells. So, who is he and what does he do? Eric is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a company that has built an operating system to fight against cancer. Additionally, that is not the only business he is apart of as his resume is pretty remarkable. Mr. Lefkofsky is also the co-founder and chairman of Groupon, a worldwide e-commerce marketplace, the co-founder of Uptake Technologies, the chairman of Trustees of Chicago’s Stephen Wolfe Theater Company, and an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991 and received his Juris Doctors from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.
In 2006, Eric Lefkofsky, along side his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky, created the Lefofsky Family Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to “advance high impact programs, initiatives, and research that will enhance the quality of human life in the communities we serve”. The foundation focuses on providing money to areas dealing with education, health care, medical research, fundamental human rights, and arts and crafts. In the past few years, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation has donated a large portion of it’s money to North Shore University Health Care System in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Lefkofsky is not only a successful business entrepreneur, but he is also an author. In November 2007, he released his first book entitled “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding The True Speed of Innovation.” In the book, Lefkofsky analyzes how disruptive businesses are formed, grown, and sustained. Then demonstrates a creative method on how anyone can turn their ideas into a reality.
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