As a very successful entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky has founded numerous successful companies. He grew up in Michigan, raised by a school teacher and a structural engineer. After he graduated from high school, he earned both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.
Eric Lefkofsky began his entrepreneurial adventure in 1993, when he teamed up with his college friend to buy a Wisconsin apparel company. He and his friend Brad Keywell borrowed money from family to buy the company and the rest is history. The two moved on from their first company in 1999 to create Starbelly, an early internet company. This company specialized in promotional products and experienced quick success. Halo Industries bought Starbelly in 2000.
In 2001, Lefkofsky and his partner founded InnerWorkings. This print procurement services company also experience quick-growth and experienced a successful initial public offering in the stock market in 2006. In 2005, they founded Echo Global Logistics, a freight logistics company that achieved so much success that they attracted investments from one the largest investment companies in the country, New Enterprise Associates. In 2006, Lefkofsky and his friend founded MediaBank, which also quickly attracted the investment of New Enterprise Associates. MediaBank merged with Donovan Data Systems in a Department of Justice-approved merger in 2012.
Lefkofksy moved on to help establish and provide one million dollars in funding for a new online collective action website called ThePoint.com in 2007. One year later, the company changed its name to Groupon.com and received funding from long-time partner, New Enterprise Associates.
He co-founded Lightbank in 2010, a Chicago-based venture firm. He also co-founded an analytics company in 2014 called Uptake, LLC. In 2016, Eric Lefkofsky created a technology company called Tempus, which gives physicians technology to personalize cancer care for patients.
Eric Lefkofsky is also an active philanthropist, community member, and is an accomplished teacher and author. He created the Lefkofsky Foundation in 2006 alongside his wife to provide funding for educational, scientific, and charitable organizations all over the world. In 2013, he also joined The Giving Pledge. He sits on the board at organizations like The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and resume him.