Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who is mostly known for starting five companies including Groupon. He grew up in Michigan and was the son of an engineer and teacher. He grew up in a Jewish family with two siblings. He went to Southfield-Lathrup High School and received his bachelor degree from the University of Michigan. He also studied law and received his Juris Doctor at Michigan. He started his career by purchasing an apparel company called Brandon Apparel. Then he created an internet company called Starbelly. Then he founded InnerWorkings and Echo Global Logistics. After several ventures as an entrepreneur, Eric hit it big with Groupon and it became the fastest growing company in history. Groupon was the biggest IPO US web company since Google. After Groupon, he started Tempus, a technology company that enables physicians to deliver personal cancer care. It is building the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data. It is also an operating system to make that data useful and accessible. As a philanthropist, Eric established the Lefkofsky Foundation. It focuses on helping children and has helped fund over 50 organizations. He also joined The Giving Pledge which was formed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and encourages the wealthy people to commit donating half of their money to a worthy cause. Eric is also heavily involved in teaching from his success. He goes to business schools like DePaul and Northwestern to teach about being an entrepreneur and building a technology business. He also wrote a book called Accelerated Disruption which teaches businesses to thrive in the world of technology. Eric Lefkofsky is a firm believer that becoming a success means also giving back to the community and is just as important and rewarding.
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