Erik Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who is the co-founder and also the current CEO of Tempus. Lefkofsky is also a founder of the massively popular site Groupon and co-founder of Echo Global Logistics, Mediaocean, and Uptake. Lefkofsky grew up in Southfield, Michigan and went to the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors in 1991. Lefkofsky continued on at the University of Michigan Law school where he received his Juris Doctor in 1993. Lefkofsky an entrepreneur , all the way back from college where he even worked selling carpet while he attended the University of Michigan to finance his way through school and to help pay for his education.
From there, Eric Lefkofsky continued to move on in his career as an entrepreneur. His next step was with his friend Brad Keywell who joint him to borrow some money from relatives to buy an apparel company called Brandon Apparel after they graduated together in 1993. The company became called Starbelly and was a specialty company in product promotion. Starbelly was changed to Halo Industries as the internet bubble burst in the year 2000. In 2001, Lefkofsky began the company InnerWorks in the fall of 2001 which provides print procurement services for mid-sized companies and achieved solid overall growth year-over-year. In February 2005, cofounding Echo Company Logistics which attracts series D financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) as one of the largest investors in the country. By January of 2007, Eric Lefkofsky was investing $1,000,000 in funding for a new business called ThePoint.com to help invest in an online collective action website. By August of 2013, Lefkofsky was the CEO of Groupon.com which is worth over $100s of millions.
Through all of the different successes that Eric Lefkofsky has had he also has always made sure to contribute to philanthropically to various organizations and charities throughout his personal successes. Lefkofsky has even formed his own trust called the Lefkofsky foundation that was founded to support charitable education and scientific foundations that exist around the world to empower others to learn how to be entrepreneurs. Moreover, they have helped over 50 organizations through donating funds to help others achieve educational milestones to learn more about entrepreneurship as Lefkofsky has had the privilege to do. It’s also worth nothing that in 2013 Lefkofsky joined The Giving Pledge with his wife as well.