Eric Lefkofsky’s business, Tempus, recently raised $70 million from New Enterprise Associates and Revolution Growth, which is a piece of the $130 million, total, that he has raised since 2015 with Tempus. Along with his partner, Brad Keywell, who is also a cofounder of Groupon, he has increases the value of Tempus so that it is now worth close to $700 million. The two have invested out of their own pockets during every fundraiser they’ve held and are, in fact, the largest investors to this day. Revolution Growth and NEA have both invested in companies that include 23andMe, Sweetgreen (Revolution), and Robinhood (NEA). Steve Case, the founder of Revolution Growth, only invests in a few startups a year, which must mean Tempus is pretty special.
Eric Lefkofsky decided to get into healthcare after someone close to him was diagnosed with cancer. It was during this time that he realized a more sophisticated system of information sharing and data collection was needed to battle cancer, and that is where Tempus began. Now, Tempus helps doctors have immediate access to the clinical and genomic data they need to take care of specific cases of cancer. Tempus is partnering up with some big names in the medical field including, Duke University School of Medicine, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Mayo Clinic to help put together the largest clinical and molecular data library for cancer in the world.
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, which is a tech company that has created an operating system to deal with cancer. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of Groupon and co-founded Lightbank, which invests in disruptive technologies. As an author, he wrote the book, “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation,” which covers how to startup a new enterprise that brings something completely new to an industry. He gained the experience to write this book through his knowledge and the fact that he founded five technology startups, himself.
Eric Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist who has gone the extra distance to help anyone in need. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation was established in 2006 with his wife Liz to help out the communities they live in. The foundation donates its time and money to fundamental human rights groups, arts and culture, healthcare centers and hospitals, and educational initiatives and groups. Eric serves the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago by sitting as a Trustee, and he also sits a Trustee for the Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago.