Eric Lefkofsky is the founder of Lightbank and the CEO of Tempus and also served as the CEO of Groupon. He feels that one of the biggest misconceptions that media has about him is some of the things they attribute to him from the late 1990’s. He has explained that a lot of what came out back then was not complete and inaccurate at times and that a lot of sensational news has been printed and released over and over again so it has appeared as if it was something bigger than it really was. He has talked about his experience along with the experience of other tech company CEOs in the late 1990’s and has spoken about how difficult it was to time things back when technology was experiencing a revolution.
Eric Lefkofsky, in a recent interview, was asked if he has ever thought about slowing down, and he responded that he once did a lot of traveling when he was working with Lightbank and that he would love to do that again. When asked what he considers strongest quality, he commented that he is very success-driven and that he doesn’t walk away from projects when the going gets tough. Instead of responding to problems with a knee-jerk reaction, he tries to look at them from a logical point of view and always works to do things the right way.
Eric Lefkofsky has been married for over 16 years and is a father to three children. He makes sure that his business life doesn’t leak into his personal life, and most people who work with him know not to try to get a hold of him at night. He has learned, over the years, to turn work off when he leaves and to focus on what is in front of him. He feels that if he is always thinking or focusing on work that eventually it will be completely counter productive. For this reason, he purposefully takes a complete break from work when he is not there. He has revealed that if he could spend one night hanging out with one famous person that it would be Bruce Springsteen.