After his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, Eric Lefkofsky was very alarmed at the very inefficient way the healthcare industry used digital technology for patient data collection. He decided this had to be remedied immediately. Thus, Tempus was born. Tempus came up with a digital device that call’s up an individual patient’s clinical and molecular data immediately. They were very capable of manufacturing the machines. It was harder to get the data to fill those machines. Once they streamlined that procedure, Tempus began to revolutionize the medical industry.
Lefkofsky graduated from the University of Michigan’s law school in 1993. After graduation, he and a friend bought an apparel company. It was a success and only the beginning of entrepreneurship for Leftkofsky. In the years since he has started many more companies. His most successful and most well known is probably Groupon for which he remains the Chairman. Other very successful companies that he has founded include Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkings.
Lefkofsky is also involved in philanthropic endeavors. In 2006 he founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation to raise funds and support for various international charities and scientific studies. Lefkofsky also sits on the board of directors of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry. He is also a trustee of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Lefkofsky is co-Chairman of World Business Chicago’s Technology Council.
In addition, Lefkofsky in an educator. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago as a teacher of entrepreneurship and instruction on building technology-based businesses. Past teaching assignments have included teaching Applied Technology at DePaul University and at Northwestern University. His professional life has been marked by much success, but not everything has gone according to his plans. In 2008, he was part of a committee whose goal was to bring the Summer Olympics to Chicago in 2016.