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Eric Lefkofsky Shows How a Successful Tech Entrepreneur Operates

Eric Lefkofsky is one of the co-founders of Tempus, a tech company that built an operating system to fight cancer. He is currently the CEO of the company. He is also a co-founder of Lightbank, a fund that invests in disruptive technology. Eric is a co-founder and Chairman of Groupon, an e-commerce company. He co-founded Uptake Technologies, a predictive analytics system.


He established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, in 2006, a charitable foundation, with his wife Liz. He is a Trustee for Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago as well as a Trustee for The Art Institute of Chicago and The Museum of Science and Industry. Eric currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from the Steppenwolf Théâtre in Chicago. He teaches at the University of Chicago. Lefkofsky got his B.S. Degree from the University of Michigan as well as his Juris Doctorate from their law school.


Eric Lefkofsky stepped down as CEO of Groupon, in November of 2015. He is still the Chairman of the company. Currently, he is working with his business partner, Brad Keywell, at Uptake. They use data science to help companies improve their operating results. It was ranked No. 1 on Hottest Startups list for 2015, click


Brad and Eric were friends from college and have been involved with several major projects. In 2001, they co-founded Innerworkings, a company that supplied print procurement services. In 2006, the company had a successful initial public offering and is currently traded under the symbol INWK on the Nasdaq. In 2005, they started Echo Global Logistics. In June 2006, they went public under the symbol ECHO on the Nasdaq.


The next venture the two entrepreneurs jumped into was MediaBank, a media technology company. They offer planning, buying and analysis systems to companies who are buying advertising. In 2012, they merged with Donovan Data Systems. The combined company is Mediaocean, valued around $1.5 billion. In 2007 Lefkofsky co-founded, an online collective action site. In 2008, the company’s name was changed to Groupon.


Eric Lefkofsky has an entrepreneurial spirit that just keeps on moving, From one successful project to another. He plans to continue exploring the needs of the technology industry and try to meet some of those needs with new projects in the future.


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