The Success Story of Erick Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Tempus. The America entrepreneur was born in September 1969. He is a graduate with honors from the University of Michigan where he completed in 1991. Eric also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan which he earned in 1993. Erick’s entrepreneurial endeavors have led him to co-find some companies. Some of the firms that he has co-founded include:

  • InnerWorkings
  • Echo Global Logistics
  • Mediaocean
  • Uptake
  • Groupon
  • Lightbank

Eric is the son of Bill (father) and Sandy (mother). He grew up in Southfield Michigan. Eric went for his high school studies at Southfield-Lathrup High school where he completed in 1987. Eric Lefkofsky had his sights set on becoming an entrepreneur since he was a child. He met with Brad Keywell who was also his roommate while at the University of Michigan. They both shared the passion for entrepreneurship. They co-founded an apparel company known as Brandon Apparel in 1993. It was based in Madison. They later started Starbelly in 1999. Starbelly is an early internet company that was involved with promotional products. Halo Industries acquired the enterprise after experiencing a big success. InnerWorkings was established in 2001. The company provided procurement services to medium companies.

Eric served as a board member of InnerWorkings. Eric launched Echo Global Logistics together with Keywell. The company is involved in providing freight logistics services to individual clients and firms. The company that was a freight logistics firm came into operation in 2005. They then decided to co-find a media–buying technology company. The company later acquired Datatech in 2007. MediaBank and Donovan Data Systems merged to create Mediaocean in July 2007. Eric founded Tempus. This is a technology company involved in assisting physicians to provide custom-made cancer care in 2016.

Eric Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist. He is the founder of Lefkofsky Foundation that he started with his wife in 2006. The charitable trust foundation offers assistance to scientific and educational organizations. The Foundation targets children and has started more than 50 charitable organizations. Eric is an active member of various Boards including the Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Children’s Memorial Hospital, among others. Eric is termed as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in America. He has gained a reputation for being involved in many different industries and emerging successful in each of them. Eric has gained a lot of experience throughout his life and offers entrepreneurial advice to aspiring and potential entrepreneurs. Eric is also an active member of the Giving Pledge Foundation. Eric started selling carpets while he was at the University. He says that this was the beginning of his entrepreneurial journey.