Eric Lefkofsky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus, a new start-up that aims to revolutionize the way doctors practice medicine. The idea behind Tempus is to create smart tools that learn from the patients who came before, so that doctors can use this real-time information to treat patients more effectively, leading to better outcomes. Lefkofksy is also the Director of Lightbank, an equity fund that specializes in disruptive technologies. In addition, he is a co-founder and serves as CEO of social commerce giant Groupon, as well as Echo Logistics and NYC media consulting form Mediaocean. In all, the companies that Lefkosfky has helped found are worth in excess of $1 billion. Check chicagobusiness.com for more posts.
Eric Lefkofsky is also the author of a book entitled Accelerated Disruption, in which he ponders the nature of disruptive businesses and how their effects can be nurtured and harnessed. The problem, according to Lefkofsky, is that although disruption happens every day as people figure out how to do certain things better, their competitive advantage will evaporate as technology and the business environment change. The challenge for start-ups is to stay relevant and not be a victim of further disruption and ever-changing market conditions. In this book, Lefkosfky shows would-be entrepreneurs how to choose the industries that are ripe for innovation, how your customers are really the best research and development team you can find, and how to discretely test a disruptive idea.
A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Michigan Law School, Eric Lefkofsky is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. In addition, he sits on the boards of several institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater, Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry. He also serves as a trustee of World Business Chicago.
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