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Eric Paul Lefkofsky (created 13 September 1969) is a U.S.-born entrepreneur. He’s cofounder and CEO of Groupon, cofounder of Lightbank; founder & manager of InnerWorkings, Inc., Echo Global Logistics, Inc., Mediaocean.
In June 2006, Lefkofsky and Keywell founded MediaBank, a media buying technology business. MediaBank supplies marketing buyers with preparation, purchasing, bookkeeping and evaluation applications. In June, 2007, MediaBank got Datatech, among the top media preparation and procurement platforms in the marketing business. In July 2007, New Enterprise Associates invested in MediaBank. In January 2007, Lefkofsky co-founded and provided $1,000,000 in financing for ThePoint.com, an on-line collective action web site began by Andrew Mason. New Enterprise Associates led an early period investment round in ThePoint. In late 2008, The Purpose switched its name to Groupon.com. In August 2010, Forbes reported that Groupon is the quickest growing business ever. In February 2010, Lefkokfsky and Keywell declared a fresh venture firm called “lightbank” that intends to come up with new businesses in the Chicago region. In December 2010, Google offered a reported $6 billion for Groupon. The offer was turned down, perhaps as a result of antitrust and regulatory inspection the deal might face. In October 2011, Groupon raised $950 million in private funds in January and then paid $810 million to workers and investors. Mr. Lefkofsky and family were paid $398 million of these funds. In August 2013, Lefkofsky became CEO of Groupon.