One of the most famous and successful entrepreneurs is Eric Lefkofsky who was born on September 02, 1965 in Southfield. Since a young age, he created many successful businesses. He is the Chairman of Groupon and CEO of Tempus. He was also the co-founder of these firms. He co-founded many other companies including Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, and Uptake. He has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Michigan University Law School.
He used to sell carpets during college life. Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell decided to buy a Wisconsin-based apparel company in 1993. The same year they launched Starbelly which was an online company. The next year, Halo Industries bought Starbelly and Lefkofsky became its CEO. After one year, the company went bankrupt.
In 2001, the duo decided to found InnerWorkings to provide services like print procurement, and the company was a big success. After five years, the company made it to the US Stock Market. Eric remained a member of company’s Board of Directors until 2012. Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell launched Echo Global Logistics in 2005, and it was another success. New Enterprise Associates offered Series D investment for it. Since 2006, the company is successfully traded in the US Stock Market and read full article.
The duo launched MediaBank in 2006. It was a technology company that provides services for buying & planning advertisements, accounting, and software analysis. The two friends founded ThePoint.com in 2007 which was renamed Groupon after one year. It was the most successful company founded by the two friends. In 2010, they founded Lightbank, and in 2014, they founded Uptake. In 2015, Eric stepped down as the CEO of Groupon as he wanted to found Tempus which enables physicians to treat patients with cancer.
Eric Lefkofsky is a true philanthropist. His foundation ‘Lefkofsky Foundation’ funds many organizations around the world. The funds are given to causes like charity, science, and education. The foundation has a great focus on the welfare of children for which it provides funds to over fifty organizations and resume of Eric.
Eric Lefkofsky authored a book Accelerated Disruption in which he described how technology could affect business. He regularly uses social media for updating his followers and fans. He loves to share positive ideas on the social media platform too. He shares technological advancement and spreads cancer awareness on Twitter.