Eric Lefkofsky: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author And Educator

Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has been creating businesses since he was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His first company was a carpet business. After graduating from law school at the University of Michigan he purchased an apparel company with his college chum Brad Keywell. He then went on to co-found a series of other wildly successful companies in a wide range of industries. They include LightBank, a venture fund company, the predictive analytics platform Uptake Technologies, Echo Global Logistics and InnerWorkings, a company which provides promotional and managed print solutions.


Two of the best known companies he helped to create are MediaOcean, the global e-commerce marketplace and the technology firm Tempus. Tempus created an operating system that is used to battle cancer. Lefkofsky also co-founded Mediaocean, a company that a leader in providing integrated media procurement technology. Many of his companies are publicly traded. But Eric Lefkofsky is focused on more than just making money. He also founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The private charitable foundation funds programs worldwide to help the needy through high-impact initiatives.  Based on


Lefkofsky also gives generously of his time to help many organizations. He’s a Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago trustee as well as a member of the board of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, World Business Chicago and Steppenwolf Theatre, a Chicago art institution. He also joined The Giving Pledge, an organization through which some of the world’s wealthiest individuals give their wealth to charity at or before their death. Lefkofsky has also been teaching classes in business and entrepreneurship at a number of universities in the Chicago area. They include DePaul University, Northwestern University and University of Chicago.  See also his page.


Accelerated Disruption is a book on how technology impacts business that Eric Lefkofsky wrote. It was recently published by Easton Studio Press. Lefkofsky continues to share his time, talent and resources with a wide variety of public and private organizations. In May 2008,  Eric Lefkofsky became involved in Chicago 2016, an organization that was working to help enable Chicago win its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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