Eric Lefkofksy grew up in Detroit, MI and went to the University of Michigan to get his Juris Doctor Degree and Bachelor of Arts and Science. He started his own business selling carpets before moving onto bigger and better things. These included co-founding Groupon, an international e-commerce marketplace; Uptake Technologies, a predictive analytics platform; Mediaocean, a provider of integrated media procurement tech; Echo Global Logistics, a tech-based transportation and logistics outsourcing firm; and InnerWorkings, a international provider of print and promotional solutions.
Eric Lefkofsky is also the co-founder of Tempus, a tech company that has created an operating system to help fight cancer, and is the co-founder of Lightbank, a venture fund that invests in start up technologies (which are also known as disruptive technologies). In 2006 Lefkofsky and his wife established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, whose goal is to advance impacting initiatives that enhance the lives of the communities they serve.
Lefkofsky serves as a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry, as well as several other foundations. He is also the author of Accelerated Disruption, a book about start-up companies, how to properly make one, and even discusses their place in the business world.
Other than supporting growing businesses, Lefkofsky has a number of charities that he contributes to such as After School Matters, Teach For America, and The Ounce of Prevention Fund to name a few. He has funded many programs that deal with different types of cancers, programs that are about helping the underprivileged with their education, programs that help support human rights, as well as programs that benefit culture. Although most of these charities take place in Detroit, they are apart of The Giving Pledge, which is a commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate a majority of their wealth to philanthropy. With Lefkofsky’s net worth being around $1.65 billion, that is a lot of wealth he is spreading around.
With over 500 connections on Linkedin, over 6,000 followers on Twitter, and over a thousand likes on Facebook, Lefkofsky is making a small impact on the world that can lead to a better life for many people.The majority of his posts are about the the world around us, science, and medical advances in cancer research, so there is a wealth of information that he provides almost weekly for his subscribers to learn about.
All in all, Eric Lefkofsky is a man who has built himself up, while building up those around him.