Eric Lefkofsky, In The Business Of Having The Backs Of Ordinary Joes And Janes With Co-Founded Companies, Like Lightbank, Tempus And Groupon

Eric Lefkofsky is a busy man with a lot of hats to wear. And yet, there does seem to be a ‘root for the underdog’ feel to all of them. For example, he co-founded Lightbank, an investment company that specializes in backing and advising upstart companies that have a great idea even if they are not ready to tussle with the big boys just yet. He also co-founded Tempus, a company that gathers and stores clinical molecular data. For now, at least, the data available is cancer-specific. Physicians can make use of Tempus’s genomic tests and sequencing data to find possible therapies that offer a high degree of relevance and precision far more quickly than they would using more conventional means.

Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded Groupon, the company that expanded the concept of the coupon to offer deals on local services linked to users’ credit cards. It’s a name that should bring at least a half-smile to millions of ordinary frugal Fannies and Freddys. That said, Lefkofsky points out that Groupon is also an e-commerce entity many seem intent on picking on, despite its obvious usefulness. Many will recall that Groupon did jump out of the gate with a lot of presence. Perhaps its only natural that some would wonder whether it was all just hype. Mainly, however, Lefkofsky is sanguine. He recalls the nineties when technology was idolized and the backlash when it was later distrusted. Today, Lefkofsky reminds readers of adrinkwith.com that Groupon is really still young, in fact “a four year old startup,” still finding its e-commerce legs.

In a lot of ways Lefkofsky seems like the rest of us, although he does admit to having a high drive for success and getting up at 5 AM. He’s also been married for more than fifteen years, eats macaroni and cheese he makes himself, likes to watch “Star Trek” and “Homeland” and rates himself a huge Bruce Springsteen fan.

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