Eric Lefkosky is an American entrepreneur who has been part of a variety of successful start-up ventures, most notably the popular e-commerce site, Groupon. Originally from Southfield, Michigan, he attended college at the University of Michigan, where he earned both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor. His career began while still in college where he began selling carpets. From there, Mr. Lefkosky purchased sports apparel company with a college friend, Brad Keywell. That business eventually dissolved, but Mr. Lefkosky and Mr. Keywell went on to form a number of businesses together.
Today, Mr. Lefkosky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a technology company that makes patient data more accessible and useful in order to help doctors create personalized treatment plans. In addition to Tempus, he is the co-founder and Managing Director of Lightbank, a venture capital fund, as well as the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon. He is also co founder of Uptake Technologies, a predictive analytics platform. He is the co-founder of Mediaocean, a provider of integrated media procurement technology; Echo Global Logistics, a technology enabled transportation firm; and InnerWorkings, a provider of managed print and promotional products.
Mr. Lefkosky is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors including the charitable trust he started with his wife, Elizabeth. The Lefkosky Foundation has a focus on children and is involved in creating programs and initiatives that help to enhance the lives and communities it serves. He and his wife are also part of The Giving Pledge, a campaign which is geared towards encouraging the wealthy people of the world to donate a portion of their wealth to philanthropic foundations.
Mr. Lefkosky is involved in the local community of Chicago and sits on a number of boards. He is the Director and Trustee of the Ann and Robert H. Lurrie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He serves as a trustee at The Art Institute of Chicago. He is a director at The Museum of Contemporary Art. He is also a Trustee at World Business Chicago. In addition to his esteemed career in start-up ventures, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago and the author of Accelerated Disruption, a book about the impact technology has on business.