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Eric Lefkofsky: Building Successful Businesses and Giving Generously

Eric Lefkofsky is a wildly successful businessman. He has founded numerous companies valued in excess of a billion dollars. But he is also quite generous and gives back a great deal to the community through his philanthropic activities. Lefkofsky is one of the founders of When he took the company public in 2011, he received about $400 million. But rather than simply use the money for himself and his loved ones, he has donated untold millions to charitable causes all around the world through the Lefkofsky Foundation that he founded with his wife in 2006.

Known for founding successful companies like, Starbelly, Echo Logistics, InnerWorkings, MediaBank and Temous, a technology company which creates technology which enables physicians to personalize cancer care for patients all over the world, he also joined The Giving Pledge. Through that organization he has committed to giving the bulk of his wealth to charity. His actions shows that he is more than just a businessman looking to make as much money for himself as possible. Instead, he is using his largess to have a global impact and improve the lives of others.

Born and raised in Southfield, Michigan, Eric Lefkofsky began his career in business selling carpet on the campus of the University of Michigan while he was an undergraduate. After he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993, he got together with fellow student Brad Keywell, borrowed money from relatives and bought the Madison, Wisconsin apparel company Brandon Apparel. He then went on to co-founded a number of companies with Keywell in a wide variety of industries. Many of those companies are now publicly traded and are nationally and internationally known and more information click here.

Since founding print procurement services company InnerWorkings in 2001, Lefkofsky has been teaching classes at a number of Chicago area colleges. They include DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. He has taught classes on entrepreneurship, building technology-based businesses, Applied Technology and disruptive business models. He also gives of his time and talent by working on the board of directors at several Chicago area organizations. They include Children’s Memorial Hospital, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Art Institute of Chicago and World Business Chicago.

Lefkofsky is the author of the recently published book, Accelerated Disruption. The book looks at how technology impacts business. Eric Lefkofsky is also showing entrepreneurs worldwide ways to help the global community.

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