One of the most successful and popular entrepreneurs of America is Eric Lefkofsky. This genius was born on September 02, 1969 in Southfield city of Michigan. Eric is known as someone who founded several companies at a relatively younger age. Nowadays, he is the Chairman of Groupon and Chief Executive Officer of Tempus, an organization he co-founded too. He is the co-founder of many companies like Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, and Uptake. He went to the University of Michigan to study finance. In 1993, he completed the Juris Doctor degree from the law school of Michigan University.
He started to sell carpets while he was still a university student. Eric and his college friend bought Brandon Apparel in 1993; it was an apparel company in Wisconsin. The pair launched an online company named Starbelly in 1999. After one year, Halo Industries bought Starbelly, and Eric was made its CEO. Just one year later, they filed for bankruptcy.
In 2001, Eric and his friend founded InnerWorking. It provided print procurement services to different businesses. Fortunately, the company was a great success and managed to enter United States stock market by 2006. Eric remained a member of Board of Directors of InnerWorking until 2012. Eric and his partner decided to launch a freight logistics company in 2005. That is how Echo Global Logistics was created. The company was so successful that New Enterprise Associates wanted to become a Series D finance investor. By next year, it entered America’s stock exchange, and it is still traded.
Eric and his friend decided to launch a technology company in 2006. The company was named MediaBank, and it provided services like planning and buying to advertisers, accounting, and software analysis. It was another success, and NEA was interested in investing. The pair founded ThePoint.com in 2007. After one year, the company was renamed to Groupon. Several investors got interested in this company. Eric and his partner founded Lightbank in 2010 and Uptake in 2014. In 2015, Eric stepped down as the Chief Operating Officer of Groupon. In 2016, Eric created Tempus which is a technology company that enables physicians to provide care to cancer patients.
Eric is also involved in philanthropy. His foundation, Lefkofsky Foundation, funds different organizations around the world for charitable, scientific and educational causes. Lefkofsky Foundation has a strong focus on children, and it has funded over fifty organizations around the world.
Eric authored a book which describes how business is affected by technology; the book’s title is Accelerated Disruption. Eric Lefkofsky has a strong presence in social media. He updates people about his personal life through the internet and spreads positive messages. He promotes cancer treatments through his Facebook page. The main focus of his Twitter account updates about technology advancements and also cancer awareness.