Eric Lefkofsky is a businessman with a philanthropic heart. He is the co-founder of many Chicago based businesses. Eric co-founded Tempus, Echo Global Logistics, Groupon, Mediaocean, InnerWorkings, LightBank and Uptake. He grew up in Southfield Michigan and his father was a structural engineer and his mother was a teacher. Eric graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 1991. He continued his education at the University of Michigan Law School and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1993.
In 2018, Eric’s co-founded company Tempus earned a whopping $80 million in funding to continue with cancer research and data collection services. Tempus was founded in 2015 and since its founding it had earned over two hundred million dollars in investments. This vast collection of funding has helped Tempus earn a ‘unicorn’ status in Chicago for being a startup that is valued at more than $1 billion. The newly acquired funding is promoting vast hiring at Tempus where there are already currently four hundred employees. Tempus collects digital data and molecular data to share information with physicians. New technologies developed by Tempus also allow for doctors hand written notes to be scanned and digitized for patient record sharing. Tempus has strong relationships with hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and doctors. These relationships have made this state of the art record sharing company so successful.
In addition to Tempus Eric co-founded the popular bargain and discount site, Groupon. Groupon is another Chicago based company that benefits consumers. Corporations, stores and even travel locations post deals to Groupon. These deals are offered at a fraction of the cost for consumers. Only a certain amount of deals can be sold and once all have been bought there are no more available for purchase until the poster adds more or reposts the deal. Eric is strongly devoted to his co-founded companies and many charities in the Chicago area. He believes in giving back to the community and formed the Lefkofsky foundation to help educational organizations and causes around the world.