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Eric Lefkofsky Creates Success Wherever He Touches

Eric Lefkofsky was raised in Michigan by a school teacher and a structural engineer. He graduated from high school in 1987 and began attending the University of Michigan. He graduated from the university in 1991 with honors, later receiving his Juris Doctor from the same university in 1993.

After graduating from law school, he partnered up with a college friend, Brad Keywell. The pair borrowed money from their family members to begin their successful entrepreneurship. They bought Brandon Apparel, a Wisconsin apparel company. Six years later, the same duo created Starbelly, an early internet company. Starbelly specialized in promotional products and experienced quick internet growth. The company was sold to Halo Industries in 2000, where Eric Lefkofsky joined as their Chief Operating Officer.

After the success of Starbelly, Lefkofsky co-founded a print procurement services company in 2001, InnerWorkings. Experiencing success year after year, InnerWorkings had a successful initial public offering in NASDAQ. He sat on the board of directors until 2012. A few short later, in 2005, the famed duo was back at it again, creating Echo Global Logistics. Echo was a freight logistics company that attracted one of the largest technology investors in the nation.

In 2006, Lefkofsky and his long-time partner founded a media-buying technology company, MediaBank. In 2007, the company acquired Datatech and attracted the same, large investor as Echo Global Logistics. In 2012, a merger between MediaBank and Donovan was approved by the US Department of Justice. This deal was an estimated $1.5 billion.

Lefkofsky provided $1 million in funding for a startup company in 2007, ThePoint.com. This was an online collective action website that later changed its name to Groupon.com in 2008. In 2013, Lefkofsky became the company’s CEO. Groupon raised record breaking money from investors, becoming the fastest growing company in history according the Forbes.

In 2010, Lefkofsky and Keywell founded a new venture firm in Chicago that would help new companies, Lightbank. In 2014, Lefkofsky founded an analytics company, Uptake, LLC. Then, in 2016, he co-founded Tempus, a company that creates technology that delivers personalized cancer care to patients.

In addition to his business ventures, Lefkofsky is an active philanthropist who is involved in the community. He founded a charitable trust alongside his wife, the Lefkofsky Foundation. This foundation provides funding to organizations that provide educational, scientific, and charitable services all over the world. The Lefkofsky Foundation has helped over 50 organizations with necessary funds.

WIT Journals Offering A Platform For Information Exchange

Sharing of information and relevant material is one of the core reasons behind the establishment of Wessex Institute of Technology. Being a postgraduate learning institution, the institution serves a large number of scholars, academicians and researchers who ate interested in learning more and who wish to share their knowledge and information. This is therefore achieved through journal publications that are availed in the eLibrary. Currently, the WIT press avails 5 international journals.

The institution is in the process of launching two more journals in 2017 called the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration and also, the “International Journal of Heritage Architecture”. There is also another program underway to launch a third journal called the “International Journal of Environmental Impacts” in the year 2018.

These journals are a great program by the institution and gives scholars a platform to share what they have and use the material in the journals for their research work. Also, the institution invites experts in various fields to write journals and share their findings with the world through these journals. In so doing, the Wessex Institute of Technology fulfills its purpose for existence which entails giving post graduates and students a platform for learn more and also share their knowledge with the rest of the world.

For more information about the Wessex Institute of Technology journals, visit http://www.wessex.ac.uk/research