Eric Lefkofsky’s Use of Innovative Technology to Achieve Breakthrough in Medicine

Background
Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur. He was born in Southfield Michigan in 1959. His father was a structural engineer and his mother a school teacher. Eric Paul Lefkofsky spent his early childhood in Southfield Michigan, where he attended Lathrup High school. In 1991 he proceeded to the University of Michigan where he graduated with honors. He also advanced his education at the University of Michigan Law School.

Enterprising ventures

Over the years, Lefkofsky has undertaken many entrepreneurial ventures. Some of the ventures failed to succeed, while others become very profitable. In 2001, Lefkofsky co-founded a company called InnerWorkings that specialized in providing print procurement services for small and medium-sized businesses. The company performed well in the US Stock market. Lefkofsky remained on the board of directors of InnerWorkings until 2012.

In 2005, Lefkofsky with Keywell co-founded Echo Global Logistics, a company that dealt with freight logistics. Echo Global Logistics was successful as it attracted funding from major technology investors. The company managed to go public on NASDAQ and is being traded successfully. In 2006, Lefkofsky co-founded MediaBank, a company that specializes in media-purchasing technology. The company experienced exponential growth over the years. In 2012, Donavan Systems partnered with MediaBank to form Media Ocean.

In 2007, Lefkofsky provided initial funding and also cofounded an online company named ThePoint.com. The company attracted major investors in its early stages; it later changed its name to Groupon.com. The company became hugely successful, and experts consider it one of the fastest growing companies. In 2015, Lefkofsky stepped down as the CEO of Groupon.com but remained its Chairman.

Tempus
Lefkofsky’s most recent and remarkable venture is Tempus. Tempus is a technology-based company that uses innovative techniques to provide personalized treatment and care for cancer patients. Tempus has created a system that assists physicians in hospitals to analyze massive amounts of data to make efficient and real-time decisions regarding the patient’s treatment. Lefkofsky is the CEO and co-founder of Tempus, his resume.

Philanthropy
Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth established a Foundation named Lefkofsky Foundation, in 2006. The objective of the Foundation is to empower, promote and support educational, scientific, and charitable ventures around the world. Additionally, both Lefkofsky and his wife are members of The Giving Pledge.

Duda Melzner Comments on Zero Hora’s New Sunday Edition

Duda Melzer, CEO of Grupo RBS, one of Latin America’s largest media conglomerates, recently commented on Zero Hora newspaper’s new Sunday edition. Zero Hora, owned by RBS and the sixth largest newspaper in Brazil, is one of the main daily newspapers in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and for Duda Melzer, the new Sunday edition is an example of how RBS and Zero Hora are bucking the trend of downsizing that the newspaper industry is facing.

Melzer believes that the key to succeeding in the today’s print industry is innovation. RBS and Zero Hora recently unveiled a new strategy for digital distribution: a subscription tablet that gives users access to a customized e-paper as well as a real-time feed. Duda Melzer hopes that this will encourage Zero Hora readers who prefer reading physical newspapers to migrate to a digital platform but remain loyal to the Zero Hora brand.

Eduardo Sirotsky Melzer, better known as Duda Melzer, became CEO of Grupo RBS in 2012, following the retirement of his uncle, Nelson Pacheco Sirotsky. In 2016, he also became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo RBS. Melzer began his career in 1998, following his graduation from college in Porto Alegre, and later earning an MBA from Harvard Business School. His business career prior to joining the company spanned the United States and Brazil. In fact, Duda Melzer worked as analyst, consultant, and CEO before joining the family business. With his broad background, he quickly worked his way up the ranks, and is now happy to be the leader of a new generation at the Porto Alegre mainstay.