Eric Lefkofsky is an entrepreneur best known for formerly working at the Chief Executive Officer of Groupon – he’s since stepped down to serve the company as its Chairman of the Board of Directors – the mobile phone app that gives people significant price cuts on various goods and services all throughout the world. He’s also founded companies among the likes of Starbelly, InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, MediaBank, Lightbank, Uptake, and most recently Tempus.
A two-time graduate of the University of Michigan, the younger Eric bagged a bachelor’s degree in business before being accepted into and enrolling in the School of Law there at the University of Michigan. It might sound silly, but Eric Lefkofsky has never once worked as a lawyer – oh well; all’s well that ends well, right?
Mr. Lefkofsky was generous enough to sit down with a site called A Drink With to grant them an interview. He also consumed a drink with the interviewer, but that’s not vitally important – all that matters is that business people get an intimate look into his average business day, his mindset, and learn about the things that make his mind tick.
In the A Drink With interview, he recalls the very first time he ever made his first significant sum of money; it was in 2005, just five years after he and one of his top business partners had founded InnerWorkings. Eric Lefkofsky remembers thinking that the very first time he rode a private jet was in 2006, just days after InnerWorkings opened its stock up to the public for the first time.
Mr. Lefkofsky had already earned several million dollars the years before – in 2005 – because he sold quite a bit of InnerWorkings to investors; however, Eric Lefkofsky really cashed out in 2006.
A Drink With also asked Mr. Eric Lefkofsky about Brad Keywell, an entrepreneur who he has worked alongside for most of his career. The pair most recently co-founded Tempus, a healthcare data science company located in Chicago, Illinois. Eric also recalled that he and Brad Keywell still hang out with each other, just like they did when they met at the University of Michigan.