Eric Lefkofsky first kickstarted his career with the public releases of companies InnerWorkings and Echo Global Logistics. While these are not widely known to the public, you probably are familiar with Groupon, his other company. Through these startups, Eric has already generated $1.79 billion and is set to bring in even more money as the years go on. He is continually looking to improve and scouting for new business opportunities.
More recently he and his partner Brad Keywell released an intricate genomic database for cancer called Tempus. This company has high goals and is meant for doctors to use in order to compare patient DNA. This will lead to more advanced treatments and therapy schedules. This might even allow some cancer patients to extend their lifetime or find an individual cure. Eric thought of this idea when he noticed how quickly technology was advancing compared to medicine. Doctors have huge amounts of data collected but no generalized database to analyze and compare it together. Eric is already working to introduce Tempus to the highest trafficked hospitals in order to begin gathering and analyzing data as soon as possible. The company also has a private lab where gene-sequencing investigations will occur.Eric is no longer directly involved with Groupon, though he is still a chairman. He has channeled the majority of his focus into Tempus which he believes will be more rewarding to others. He put Kevin White, esteemed geneticist, in a top position where his expertise can have great benefit to the company.
In addition to his business endeavors, Eric also works to give back to his community and help others. Alongside his wife, Eric created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. It is a private charity foundation that strives to assist high-impact initiatives and improves the communities it services.He is also involved in the community outside his own foundation. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and wrote a book called Accelerated Disruption. He is the Chairman for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is also the Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, World Business Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Eric has devoted his entire life to bettering the lives of those around him.