Eric Lefkofsky is one of the successful entrepreneurs in the United States and is also known globally because of the company he co-founded, Groupon, in 2008. He is a self-made billionaire and currently serves in various roles in many different firms, including serving as Chairman in Groupon, CEO at Tempus Inc, Co-founder at Uptake Technologies Inc, and CEO at Mediabank. Groupon was his first venture that proved to be highly successful the world over and continues to expand and grow at a considerable pace to date. Groupon now operates in many developed and developing countries across the world. It is an e-commerce marketplace that allows consumers to buy deals and coupons that would help consumers get substantial discounts or products at highly discounted prices.
Even though Eric Lefkofsky serves as a Chairman of the board of Groupon, he has shifted his focus to his other ventures, such as Tempus Inc and Uptake Technologies Inc. Tempus Inc is a technology company that deals in building advanced technology and operating system that can help with the treatment of cancer.
His other venture, Uptake Technologies, which he started with his long term friend, partner, and colleague, Brad Keywell has ranked on top as the hottest start-ups in 2015 by Forbes. It is a predictive analytics platform that aids the companies to improve their database management and overall security in their systems. Thanks to the entrepreneurial skills of Eric and Brad, they were able to generate funds amounting to $45 million that put the total valuation of the company as of moment to over $1.1 Billion, which is huge for a startup.
Lightbank, a venture capital firm based in Chicago, is also one of the ventures that Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell started together. Lightbank has invested in over 100 companies of varying scale, including the popular dating app Coffee Meets Bagel and BeachMint. Eric has done his graduation in Arts from the University of Michigan and received Doctor of Jurisprudence from the same Michigan Law School.
Eric Lefkofsky is an active philanthropist, and his main areas of contributions include human rights, education, medical research, health care, and arts and culture. Together with his wife, he has even formed a charitable trust named the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Both Eric and his wife are the signatories of the Giving Pledge as well.