Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan. He has been involved in many successful business ventures since 1993. He engineered several highly successful companies such as Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, and the famously prosperous e-commerce website Groupon, which he helped co-found. His most recent venture is his newest co-founded company, Tempus.
Tempus is a progressive technology company that has created an operating system to help in the fight against cancer. Their state of the art design brings together biological science with hard data to help doctors make real-time decisions on care for patients. Their operating system is a progressive learning system that continuously absorbs data from all patients and works to create the best analysis and care for each individual. This allows more pinpoint accuracy in treatment per person and quickly progresses the determination in highly successful treatments from ones that aren’t. Tempus is a Chicago based company, and its location and mission are a natural projection of Lefkofsky’s own character.
His community involvement has been spread all over the city of Chicago. He is on the board of directors for Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a board member of World Business Chicago where he is a co-chairman for its Technology Council. His passion for business has led him to teaching a course on entrepreneurship and building technology based businesses at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
According to Forbes, Lefkofsky has a strong bedrock for his philanthropy efforts as well. In 2006 he created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on the enrichment of life. They contribute to accessible education, medical research, cultural advancement, and improving and enforcing human rights. They have a wide variety of efforts they support but most notably is the more than 20 medical organizations that range from brain cancer to children’s health.
Eric Lefkofsky has the determination and skill to create a successful business out of a basic idea. His keen sense and networking have helped him become one of the best entrepreneurs of our age. He has learned the lesson of his set backs and used that education to create more opportunities giving him the title of successful businessman. Yet, it’s his unrelenting work towards charitable giving to better the lives of all human beings that defines his character as a influential man.
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