Eric Lefkofsky was born in 1969 in Michigan. He graduated high school, and attended the University of Michigan and graduated with honors, only to move onto the University of Michigan Law School, where he received his law degree. His first venture into business was selling carpet, and this was done while he was still in college. Eric Lefkofsky went on to found several companies, with the most notable being Groupon in 2007 and Tempus in 2016.
Tempus was founded after Eric’s wife was diagnosed with Breast cancer and he realized a very real need for there to be a way to streamline all the data and research that goes into cancer care in one spot. Tempus aims to combine patient data with therapeutic data, all in one, convenient place. This information includes things like what treatments are the patients already on, and do they have any longstanding conditions that may be affecting how well they do or don’t react to treatment. The end goal is to get data flowing freely between the best medical professionals, researchers, and other people to create layers and layers of data that will be condensed and easily accessible to maximize treatment. This is an ongoing project and Tempus will ensure it keeps breaking ground and continues to grow.
Eric Lefkofsky is a very charitable philanthropist. Eric and his wife Elizabeth, have formed the Lefkofsky Foundation, whose goal is to help other foundations aimed at education children thrive. To this day, the Lefkofsky foundation has funded and helped over 50 individual foundations. The Lefkofsky’s also joined The Giving Pledge in 2013, and this organization is meant to inspire wealthy people to give half of their net worth to philanthropy. The people sign up and write a letter explaining which organizations will get the donations and why they felt compelled to help.Eric Lefkofsky is currently is on the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Art Institute of Chicago, World Business Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry. Eric Lefkofsky has dedicated his life to improving others and has touched many people with this cause.