Eric Paul Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur based in Chicago. He is currently President of Blue Media, LLC a Chicago based private equity and consulting firm focused on applying technology to service oriented business models. Over the past several years, Mr. Lefkofsky has also served as a chief advisor to several businesses throughout the country that have been sold or raised substantial capital. He is also an instructor at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business in addition to being a Trustee of Steppenwolf Theater, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and Director of the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Mr. Lefkofsky was the President and a founding member of Starbelly.com, a promotional products company which in May of 2000 was sold to Halo Industries, an NYSE listed company and the largest promotional products supplier in the world. He became the Chief Operating Officer of Halo Industries, Inc. helping manage the Promotional Products business. He also oversaw Halo’s marketing services business which had a significant presence in promotional advertising, digital media, telemarketing, and packaged marketing. In 2001, he founded InnerWorkings, the largest print procurement firm in the United States. Subsequently he has co-founded several other technology companies, including Echo Global Logistics, Inc., MediaBank, Inc. and Groupon, Inc.
Through Blue Media, his personal investment company, and its related subsidiaries, Mr. Lefkofsky plays an active role in managing the operations of several technology firms, including InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: INWK), an enterprise print procurement company with over 2000 clients worldwide, Echo Global (NASDAQ: ECHO), a logistics provider that uses technology and global labor to automate the transportation marketplace, and MediaBank, an electronic exchange and database that automates the procurement and administration of advertising media. In addition, Mr. Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Groupon, Inc. which offers daily deals to millions of members worldwide.
In 2010, Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell founded LightBank (www.lightbank.com), which seeks to make additional investments in early stage technology companies throughout the world.