Eric Lefkosky is a man of many passions. He has shown this passion throughout the years of his life while achieving great success in a variety of endeavors. An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Lefkofsky has played vital roles in the success of multiple businesses. Mr. Lefkofsky has also been just as active in philanthropic pursuits.
A native of Southfield, Michican, Eric Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors in 1991. Two years later Mr. Lefkofsky earned a law degree, also from the University of Michigan.
Lefkofsky began his entrepreneurial pursuits upon finishing law school when he and a friend were able to borrow money from family members to purchase an apparel company. What followed was a succession of ventures of varied nature. The most successful of these business interests began in January of 2007 with the co-founding of ThePoint.com. ThePoint.com would receive a name change a year later and then on be known as Groupon.com. In August of 2010 Groupon was touted by Forbes magazine to be the fastest growing company in history.
The stated goal of the foundation is for the “purpose of supporting charitable, scientific, and educational organizations and causes around the world.” The Lefkofsky foundation has had a hand in funding more than 50 organizations. Eric and Elizabeth Lefkofsky are also members of The Giving Pledge. An initiative to encourage wealthy people to support philanthropic causes.
Earlier this year, Lefkofsky may have began his most important project to date. He co-founded and is acting CEO of a technology company called Tempus. The mission of Tempus is to be a main asset in the fight to find a cure for cancer. Tempus states that it “enables physicians to deliver personalized cancer care through its interactive analytical and machine learning platform.” To accomplish this goal, the Tempus platform provides genome sequencing and analytical interpretation of data to aid caregivers in making decisions that will impact the lives of cancer patients. Tempus states further that “Our goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as we gather more data.”
Check out Lefkofsky’s book here: “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation”