Understanding Erick Lefkofsky

Eric Lefkofsky was born on 2nd September 1969. He is the CEO and the Co-founder of Tempus. Eric is an American entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder of several companies including Echo Global Logistics, Groupon, Uptake, Mediaocean, light bank, and InnerWorkings. Eric Lefkofsky was born to Sandy and Bill. Eric was brought up in Southfield Michigan. He graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987 and later went to the University of Michigan where graduated in 1991 with honors. He went to acquire his Juris Doctor at the same university in 1993.

Eric’s entrepreneurial journey started while he was at the University. He sold carpets. He co-founded Brandon Apparel in 1993 with a college friend known as Brad Keywell after he had cleared law school. This was an apparel company that was based in Madison, Wisconsin. The two partners launched Starbelly in 1999. This was an early internet company specializing in promotional products. They sold the company to Halo Industries in 2000. Erick became the co-founder of InnerWorkings that offered procurement services for enterprises that were mid-sized in the fall of 2001. He served as a member of InnerWorkings Board of Directors until October 2012.

Erick and Keywell founded Echo Global Logistics. This is a freight logistics company in February 2005. The two partners went on to start MediaBank in June 2006. This is a media-buying technology firm. The company offers advertising buyers with buying, planning, analysis, and accounting software. MediaBank bought Datatech in June 2007. It was among the top media procurement and planning platforms in the industry of advertisement. The US Department of Justice agreed to the merger of Donovan Data Systems and MediaBank to form one company Mediaocean in July 2007. The deal was estimated to be 1.5 million dollars. Eric Lefkofsky became the co-founder of Tempus in 2016. Tempus is a technology company that helps physicians to offer personalized cancer care.

Eric started a charitable trust known as the Lefkofsky Foundation together with his wife in 2006. The aim of the organization is to provide support for educational organizations, charitable, and scientific causes all over the world. The foundation has funded over 50 organizations. The Lefkofsky Foundation mostly focuses on children. Erick is also a member of the Giving Pledge. He serves as a board member in different institutions including the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, World Business Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Eric was one of the committee members who championed for the 2016 Summer Olympics to come to Chicago in 2008. Eric is a successful entrepreneur who has gained extensive experience over the years. He supports young and upcoming entrepreneurs by offering his advice and resources. He attributes his success to hard work and commitment and encourages potential entrepreneurs to step out and take a risk.