Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has come a long way from selling carpet as an undergrad at the University of Michigan. The Michigan native, and founder of five technology startups, currently resides in Chicago with his wife where he serves on the board of directors at the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital, the board of directors of The Art Institute of Chicago, the board of directors of The Museum of Science and Industry, and is also a Trustee of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, a Chicago-based performing arts institution.
Eric Lefkofsky is possibly most well known for co-founding Groupon,originally called ThePoint.com, in 2007. By 2010, Forbes magazine had reported that Groupon was the fastest growing company in history. Prior to that, Lefkofsky had founded four other technology startups as well as owning an apparel company which he purchased right out of law school. Following the success of Groupon, Lefkofsky started a new venture firm in 2010, called Lightbank, for developing new companies in the Chicago area as well as founded an analytics company, Uptake, LLC, in 2014. His most recent venture, Tempus, will hopefully revolutionize the way doctors treat cancer, by using technology to enable physicians to deliver personalized treatment and care. Click tempus.com.
In addition to his successful technology startups, Lefkofsky and his wife, Elizabeth, also formed a charitable trust, the Lefkofsky Foundation, in 2006. The foundation’s work is focused on the well being of others, with an emphasis on education, human rights, medical research, and the arts. Through the foundation, the Lefkofskys have helped fund at least fifty organizations worldwide as well as joining The Giving Pledge campaign in an effort to encourage other people to contribute their wealth to philanthropy.
In line with the foundation’s emphasis on education, Lefkofsky has been working as a professor at business schools in the Chicago area since the early 2000s. He has held teaching positions at DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, where he taught applied technology, and at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he taught a course in disruptive business models. His most recent teaching gig was teaching a course on entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Read more postings on his facebook.com page.
Eric Lefkofsky is also a published author, having released his book Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation in November of 2007. The book focuses on business development in the ever changing, fast paced world of technology, something Lefkofsky is no stranger to.
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