Eric Lefkofsky: Problem Solver

Eric Lefkofsky is University of Michigan alumni, also receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He works as an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and is the author of Accelerated Disruption. Besides those jobs, Lefkofsky has many roles in the Chicago community. Lefkofsky is the Co-founder and CEO of Tempus, founding partner of Lightbank, and the co-founder and chairman of Groupon. He is also the co-founder of Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, Innerworkings, and Uptake Technologies. He serves as trustee at Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Museum of Science and Industry, World Business Chicago and is a co-chairman on their Technology Council. Lefkofsky is also a chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust formed with his wife has funded over 50 organizations focusing on children.

The Chicago Entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky, received an interview opportunity with IdeaMensch. Lefkofsky identifies his self as a problem solver. Tempus came from his need to solve problems of technology not being up to the standards of other industries. This began his journey to find the application of technology at scale level to help cancer patients in clinical settings. With the use of Tempus physicians are able to deliver personalized care to patients. Building a company, managing people, and trying to find solutions to problems takes much of his time. The need to solve problems urges him forward on this journey. Biotech is a trend that he currently finds exciting. Many possibilities exist with biotechnology and it may be key in tackling some of the problems Likofsky has identified. The ability to be effective and productive in his entrepreneurship’s, comes from his talent of prioritizing, delegating, and being a daydreamer. Success has not only come from his talents, but from trying to solve real problems. His staff also has a leading role in the influence of his business thinking. Having a staff that is able to bounce ideas back and forth, expands the possibilities on identifying problems and finding their solutions.

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