Eric Lefkofsky -Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Known as an excellent entrepreneur and philanthropist, Eric Lefkofsky has been making an impact in the business world for many years. The CEO and co-founder of the healthcare company Tempus, Eric Lefkofsky has had an intricate in many major companies including Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings and Lightbank. Outside of his achievements as an entrepreneur, Lefkofsky has become well respected for his tremendous philanthropic efforts which are second to almost none. His talents and abilities are widespread along with the impact he has had. (See article: insidephilanthropy.com/guide-to-individual-donors/eric-lefkofsky.html).

 

Lefkofsky is a graduate from the University of Michigan where he earned a degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He began his career simply working as a carpenter. He later borrowed money for his first business adventure, his company Brandon Apparel. This was a company he created with his longtime friend Brad Keywell. The two would go on to start an early Internet company called Starbelly. This company had a lot of early success. In the early 200’s this duo created a freight logistics company called Echo Global Logistics. They were quite successful here attracting one of the largest technology investors in the country, New Enterprise Associates in 2006.

 

Stated in this site: bizjournals.com, the biggest company Lefkofsky was involved with was Groupon. In 2007 he helped to provide more than one million dollars in funds to create ThePoint.com, which became Groupon.com. Groupon quickly gained popularity and in 2010 was reported by Forbes as the fastest growing company in history. The company grew so large that in 2010 Google offered a reported $6 billion to buy Groupon. The offer was turned down, and Groupon would go own to raise more than $950 million in private funding just the following year.

 

Eric Lefkofsky success extends beyond just building businesses. He and his wife, created the Lefkofsky Foundation which supports charitable, scientific, and educational organizations and causes around the world. He is a well known for his giving efforts. Furthrmore he is a great teacher and has worked as an adjunct professor. Lefkofsky’s work is admired and respected by many.

 

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