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Eric Lefkofsky: Businessman, Entrepreneur, and Humanitarian

If you haven’t already heard of Eric Lefkofsky, he is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-founder of Groupon, a tremendously successful e-commerce business with operations in 28 different countries. Although Groupon is the brand most commonly associated with Lefkofsky, he has also launched several other successful companies including Media Ocean, Innerworkings, Echo Global Logistics, and several others. These various business endeavors have made Lefkofsky not only wealthy but also, has led to him being named one of the most successful businessmen in the world of e-commerce. In fact, collectively, his business endeavors have generated nearly $2 billion in revenue.

Of course, not being one to rest on his Laurel’s, Lefkofsky has made it his mission to achieve similar success in the medical industry. This ambition has led to him becoming the Founder of Tempus, in 2015. If you’re unfamiliar Tempus, it is a technology-based company whose business model is predicated on marrying medicine and modern technology. The company’s long-term goal revolves around building a comprehensive library of clinical and molecular data that will aid physicians in treating patients diagnosed with cancer. Lefkofsky describes the library as a genomic cancer library that will enable physicians to archive copious amounts of data, which can later be used to prescribe treatment regimens for those diagnosed with similar types of cancer. What does this mean, exactly? It’s simple, physicians will be able to prescribe a treatment regimen that is determined based on information related to former patients, with similar types of cancer.

In addition to being a consummate businessman, Lefkofsky is also a humanitarian, which is why he launched the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, in 2006. The foundation has made it their mission to support education initiatives worldwide. To date, the foundation has donated over $1 million to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, located at Northwestern University. In addition, the foundation has donated $500,000 to Stanford University, which was gifted to the university to help fund their gastric cancer research efforts. Of course, this is just to name a few; the Foundation has helped more than 50 organizations worldwide.

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