In the world of business, there are few people who are able to start and maintain a successful billion dollar business. However, one healthcare executive has been able to find success in the business world as well as make an impact in the world of philanthropy. That healthcare executive, Eric Lefkofsky, has been looking to change the world in more ways than one.
Eric Lefkofsky is best known as the co-founder and the CEO of Tempus, Innerworkings, and Echo Global Logistics. As the co-founder of Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky has been working to bring data-driven solutions to the healthcare world to help medical professionals treat cancer patients.
At Tempus, Mr. Lefkofsky has been using his experience in the tech world and applied it to the healthcare industry. This data driven precision medicine approach has created the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data. This data is used in an operating system that helps patients with treatments that range from cancer to other serious medical conditions.
In addition to his work in the business community, Mr. Lefkofsky maintains an active media presence. On his Twitter account, Mr. Lefkofsky keeps the public up to date on the latest research in data driven precision medicine. Recently, Mr. Lefkofsky tweeted on the subject of targeted therapy and how his healthcare company is using their data driven platform to assist in this area of research.
Mr. Lefkofsky was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1969. He was educated at the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors in 1991. Mr. Lefkofsky would later return to University of Michigan where he would receive a Juris Doctor in 1993. From there, Mr. Lefkofsky got an early start in the business world when he borrowed money to buy Brandon Apparel. Several years later, Mr. Lefkosky started Starbelly, a website that focused on promotional products.
Two years later, Mr. Lefkosky co-founded Innerworkings. This company provided print procurement services for medium-sized businesses. Innerworkings company would go public four years later. While Mr. Lefkosky was at Innerworkings, he started Echo Global Logistics. However, Mr. Lefkosky is best known as the co-founder of Groupon. This coupon flash deal company currently has millions of users and has since gone public on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
While Mr. Lefkofsky has spent the last two decades starting a number of companies, the healthcare and tech entrepreneur has also spent a good amount of this time on philanthropic endeavors. In 2006, Mr. Lefkofsky and his wife started a charitable trust, the Lefkofsky Foundation, whose aim is to help as many charitable organizations as possible. Today has the Lefkofsky Foundation has help funded over 50 organizations.
In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Mr. Lefkofsky is also a member of the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. Mr. Lefkosky is also a trustee of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Mr. Lefkosky is also the author of the book, Accelerated Disruption, a blueprint on how start-ups can compete and find a competitive advantage over larger competitors. Many of the concepts Mr. Lefkofsky has used to launch and grow companies like Groupon are detailed in the book.
From business to philanthropy, Mr. Lefkosky is looking for new ways to change the world. As he enters his next decade in the public eye, Mr. Lefkosky will continue to seek new and innovative ways to change the world.