Serial Entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky Builds His Latest “Unicorn”

Tempus Labs is a technology company and a “unicorn”. This is the term used to describe a technology startup that is worth in excess of $1 billion in value. It was co-founded by longtime entrepreneur Eric Lefkosky who is also this startup’s chief executive officer. He is no stranger to success in business having established other technology companies that have done very well including Groupon.

Eric Lefkofsky is also well-known as being one of Chicago’s top philanthropists. Along with Liz, his wife, he created a charitable trust in 2006 known as the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. They provide funds to health and research initiatives across the United States. They are also focused on causes for children and culture. He is also a trustee for multiple organizations, such as Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.

After earning his law degree, Eric Lefofksy co-founded Innerworkings. He also co-founded Echo Global Logistics which is now a publicly traded firm. In January 2007, he co-founded ThePoint.com and put $1 million into it. This was an online collective action organization. It was renamed Groupon.com in 2008 and is now one of the world’s leading e-commerce marketplaces. It helps people and local merchants by connecting them together. People can download coupons that they can use to buy goods and services.

Another company he co-founded was Lightbank. This is a venture firm that invests in Chicago startups. The invest in startups that are working on “disruptive” technology. He provides seed investments to promising startups and also invests in Series A rounds and late-stage funding rounds.

Tempus Labs is a company that uses technology to help physicians treat their cancer patients. Eric Lefkofsky had led the effort to create a giant genomic database that can compare a patient’s DNA with other people’s DNA so that physicians can develop personalized therapies.