American entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky has contributed in founding several companies among them Tampus, Groupon, Lightbank, and Uptake Technologies. Eric was born on September 1969, in Southfield, Michigan. He attended Southfield-Lathrup High school and later joined the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. After graduating, he went back to school for his Juris Doctor in the same university and graduated in 1993.
As mentioned, Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and has assisted in founding several companies. His passion for entrepreneurship dates back to his university days whereby he sold carpets within the institution. After graduating campus, he joined hands with his friend Brad Keywell, and they both bought a company, Brandon Apparel. They bought the company using money borrowed from relatives.
The duo started an internet marketing company in 1999 which was involved in brand promotion. The new company picked up quickly, and within a year, it was sold to Halo. Eric joined Halo as the chief operating office. Unfortunately, Halo didn’t thrive well as expected. Check on bizjournals.com
In 2007, Eric co-founded an online collective action with Andrew Mason and named it ThePoint.com. In it’s initial months, ThePoint attracted the attention of New Enterprise Associates, one of the country’s largest investors, who played a big part in investing in the new company. In 2008, ThePoint changed to Groupon.com. By October 2009, the company had managed to raise $30million from NEA and Accel Partners.
Eric has also co-founded other companies which include Lightbank which is an investment fund dealing with disruptive technology business. In 2016, he was involved in the founding of Tempus, where he is also the CEO. The company is a technological venture that assists physicians in delivering personalized cancer care to patients.
Teaching and Writing
With his amassed knowledge in business, Eric has involved in teaching business related courses in colleges within Chicago. His teaching career has seen him train disruptive business models at Northwestern University and Applied Technology at Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Currently, Eric Lefkofsky teaches entrepreneurship and building technology based-business as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Business faculty. He has also published a book, Accelerated Disruption, which shows how technology affects business.
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