Eric Lefkfosky has been in the tech industry for 24 years. A lifelong member of the Michigan community, he graduated from the University of Michigan where he earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees. He has been involved in founding or co-founding numerous companies such as Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, Groupon, Uptake, and LightBank throughout his career since.
His latest firm combines the tech and healthcare industries. Eric Lefkofsky saw cancer care up close when someone he is close to was diagnosed with this disease. As someone deeply versed in tech he was amazed at how technologically backward the healthcare system is. Deciding there is definitely a better way to approach cancer treatment he joined with a business partner to start Tempus, Inc. His company provides cancer doctors with the technological tools they need to treat patients on an individual basis. His company compiled a database filled with the information of past cancer patients and how they responded to various treatments. This information informs doctors now who can use that info to individually tailor treatments to all of their patients in a way that they will most likely recover from their illness.
Eric Lefkofsky sat down for an interview a few years ago before he co-founded Tempus. He said that he is definitely a morning person. He gets up at 5 am and arrives at his office right about 6 am every morning. Besides occasionally working out in the morning he works non-stop up through 6 to 6:30 pm in the evening. He goes straight home so that he can spend time with his wife and enjoy the rest of the evening.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, he has also taught classes at the University of Chicago for several years. He says that he tells students that entrepreneurs are measured by how much money they make, both by themselves and the outside world. Eric Lefkofsky says he began to recognize that you can only spend so much money. It was at that point that he and his wife signed the Giving Pledge and are now dedicated to giving the vast majority of their wealth away to others.