Lefkofsky is among other Chicago-based entrepreneurs who support the city’s thriving innovation.
Chicago, IL, May 30, 2018 – Eric Lefkofsky, CEO and founder of Tempus, one of Chicago’s top ten health techs is among the several members of Forbes Chicago Business Council, the leading growth and networking organization for entrepreneurs and leaders in Greater Chicago. Lefkofsky joins other Chicago-based business leaders who are striving to build a better world. Together the group covers areas ranging from farm tech to furniture and tacos to neuroscience, and they are contributing to Chicago’s thriving innovation.
Lefkofsky founded Tempus in 2015, and in less than three years, the company has attained unicorn status in funding. The company has built an operating system that enables cancer doctors to better access and learn from important data, which in turn will enable them to make more personalized treatment decisions. The platform touches an estimated 1 in every 4 cancer patients in the nation. According to Lefkofsky, “Our goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as we gather more data.”
Lefkofsky is one of several other Chicago-based entrepreneurs that are on the Forbes Chicago Business Council. Among them are Dr. Anitha Rao, CEO and founder of Neurocern, “a web-based disease management platform that helps enterprise companies manage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by engaging patient and families with real-time digital assessments,” Garry Cooper, CEO and co-founder of Rheaply, a marketplace of research resources that makes research affordable, Orlando Saez, CEO and co-founder of Aker Technologies, a crop diagnostics platform that enables easy detection of insect and disease activity, Amanda Lannert, CEO of Jellyvision, the creators of ALEX benefits communication software, Meganne Wecker, president and CEO of Skyline Furniture that creates affordable and fashionable furniture, and Ramon Torres, president of Aztec Dave’s, one of Chicago’s food trucks that is both an in-demand Mexican cuisine spot and caterer.
Lefkofsky is optimistic about Chicago’s thriving innovation, “Chicago is a great place to build technology companies,” he states. “In Chicago, we see an incredibly talented labor-force filled with smart and dedicated people.”
About Eric Lefkofsky
Lefkofsky has a broad repertoire of entrepreneurial ventures. In addition to Tempus, these include Lightbank, Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, and InnerWorkings, all of which use data analytics to generate actionable insights. Lefkofsky is also an avid philanthropist. He is the Trustee of the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago. He also serves as the Board of Trustees’ Chairman of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Furthermore, he and his wife Liz co-chair the Lefkofsky Family Foundation that focuses on supporting areas such as education, health care as well as the arts as means to improve lives in the communities served. Since 2013, the two have also been part of the Giving Pledge, whose members commit to donating a vast portion of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Lefkofsky currently holds an adjunct professorship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He also authored Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation, which discusses several critical startup concepts as well as business development evolving at the speed of the next technological innovation.
For more information on Eric Lefkofsky, please visit lefkofsky.com, LinkedIn: ericlefkofsky, Twitter: @lefkofsky or Facebook: @eplefkofsky.