Eric Lefkofsky: A Man of Action

Eric Lefkofsky, an entrepreneur from Chicago, is truly a man of action. Little in Lefkofsky’s path has not been touched by either his keen sense of business or his philanthropic endeavors. Over the years, Lefkofsky has founded or co-founded technology start-ups such as Tempus, Lightbank, Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and Inner Workings. These companies have grown into multimillion-dollar businesses under his leadership and guidance.

His company, Tempus, is a company that uses genomic sequencing services which analyze cancer patients molecular and therapeutic data to help doctors make real-time decisions for their patients to help improve their treatment. They hope as they collect data from each previous patient that it will benefit new patients as they undergo treatment. Tempus fits into his many philanthropy efforts.

Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth, have started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which gives millions of dollars to help with enhancing the quality of life in communities. The Foundation goals are to help communities through educational programs, medical research, improving human rights, and cultural endeavors. They offer grants to organizations that have services and programs that provide these four goals to their communities. Lefkofsky, not only supports organizations through his foundation but currently personally serves as a Trustee on the board of several charitable organizations in his hometown community and learn more about Eric.

Lefkofsky wrote a book called Accelerated Disruption which is about the need for businesses to develop at the speed of the next technology advancement to compete. Eric Lefkofsky writes about using conventional wisdom to investigate an idea and find a way to test it without the competition knowing. In his book, he explores the need for quickly releasing product improvements to stay ahead in the market. Another concept dealt with in Lefkofsky’s book is developing a capital strategy that will support your business in critical stages of development which is a leading cause for many businesses to go bankrupt.

Few people do half what Lefkofsky does in their lives.Lefkofsky is a role model we can all follow as he constantly gives back to his community and the world through his business ventures and his charitable giving. Lefkofsky’s giving doesn’t stop with his money though as he gives countless hours each year serving his community through his personal support as he serves on boards as a Trustee. It is easy to see why Lefkofsky is thought to be a man of action.

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