Eric Lefkofsky is one of the most talented entrepreneurs who has founded and co-founded several start-ups and is associated with many companies today. One of his fortes is innovation, and irrespective of which niche he is related to or invested in, he ensures he brings innovation to the table.One of the first companies he started was Groupon, which went on to become a global phenomenon, and now operates in many countries. Groupon worked on a simple yet innovative idea of connecting companies and merchants with the consumers directly through attractive offers that the users just cannot refuse. It ensures that the consumers, as well as the enterprises, win through the transaction that takes place, and the concept was an instant hit with both the merchants as well as the consumers. Today, Groupon is worth close to $3 Billion and continues to grow consistently.
Tempus is a medical research firm that Eric Lefkofsky started recently with the aim to help the field of cancer therapy research. Even though he isn’t much experienced in the medical field, he realized that the area of cancer treatments and research has a lot of scope for improvement with the use of technology. There is a void that can be quickly filled with the help of advanced technology. The availability of information and data is taking months and years, which is slowing down the progress in the field of cancer research.However, Eric Lefkofsky believes that the technology is available today that can help the field of cancer research and give the research scholars, oncologists, and the physicians with the data they need to provide better cancer treatment to the patients. Tempus helps gather data from different hospitals and medical centers and aggregates that data to provide result based data to the physicians.
It helps in knowing which treatment and medicine would be more efficient in certain conditions. Tempus provides data that helps the physicians co-related the data made available with the help of patient’s medical history and present condition with the kind of treatment that would be provided. Eric Lefkofsky is based in Chicago and is the co-founder of several other companies, including MediaOcean and Lightbank Investments. You can also follow him on Twitter : https://twitter.com/lefkofsky
James Dondero graduated with a B.S. from the University of Virginia with dual majors in Finance and Accounting, in 1984. He started right away working as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. After that he went on to be a Corporate Bond Analyst, and Portfolio Manager, until about 1989. From there he served as the CIO of GIC, a subsidiary of Life Protection.
In 1993, Mr. Dondero and a partner, Mark Okada co-founded Highland Capital Management, located in Dallas, TX. The business quickly became a success. Mr. Dondero is the current CEO of Highland Acquisition, as well as being President, and serving as chairman of numerous organizations throughout the years.
Due to his huge successes, as well as the company’s, Mr. James Dondero believes in giving back to the community. The company has a philosophy of investing locally where the employees live and work. They do this through volunteering, advising, and donating funds. The company to date, has donated more than $10,000,000.00 worldwide. Both Mr. Dondero and the company believe in providing good educations to kids in underserved areas, to get them ready for college. Uplift Education is one such beneficiary of their funds. They also help fund Education is Freedom, which not only helps financially, also socially, to ensure these kids go on to graduate college. There are numerous organizations that Highland and Dondero contribute to. Snowball Express serves kids of fallen soldiers, by providing huge events for the kids and their families. There are located all throughout the country so that everyone everywhere can attend an event close to home.
Eric Pulier is an entrepreneur that studied at Harvard University in 1984 majoring in English and literature while taking classes at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before excelling at Harvard University, Eric Pulier had first began his passion for programming computers by fourth grade and by high school he developed a database computer company. By 1991 he had founded a company called People Doing Things that tackled health care and education issues through using technology.
After his company Digital Evolution merged with US Interactive LLC in 1998, Eric Pulier began his philanthropy work by creating Starbright World. Starbright World gives children with chronic illnesses the opportunity to chat, blog and meet other children through a private social network site.After the founding of Starbright World, Eric Pulier continued his philanthropy by creating the X-Prize Foundation. The X-Prize Foundation allows for teens and adults to push toward their dreams through a system of competitions and prizes for success. His compassion for children continued with the organization the Painted Turtle, a camp for children with chronic illnesses.
During the 1990’s Eric Pulier worked with President Bill Clinton to make sure low income communities receive cloud computing solutions for a low-cost. He had developed multimedia educational programs for home use. One of his education platforms helped individuals with multiple sclerosis to learn more about the disease.While working with former President Bill Clinton, Eric Pulier was chosen in 1997 to create the Presidential Technology Exhibition in Washington, D.C. After creating the exhibition called “The Bridge to the 21st Century” he worked with Vice President Al Gore to execute a health care and technology forum. During the 2000’s Eric Pulier founded the SOA software program with several SOA vendors. Later, he wrote the book Understanding Enterprise SOA, a concise yet easy-to-understand introduction to service-oriented architecture.
Eric Pulier is a brilliant technologist, published author, and Harvard graduate with a compassion for children with chronic illness. From this compassion, Eric Pulier created technological software to help those with chronic illnesses, while donating to several non-profit organizations. His impressive computer programming skills have led to several lucrative business ventures and turned him into the successful entrepreneur he is today.
Adam Milstein, a prominent businessman and strong proponent for Israel, lives a life many people only dream about. Through his hard work, strenuous study, and continual positive outlook on life he has reached the pinnacle of achievement in many areas of life.
Adam was born in Haifa, Israel to parents who were original settlers of the country. His father immigrated from Mexico and his mother from Argentina. After being raised in Kiryat Motzkin, he joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 1971. He served with distinction in the 1973 Yom Kippur war under Ariel Sharon. After military service, he enrolled in the Israeli Institue of Technology and graduated cum laude in 1978 with a major in business and economics. He went to work with his father and helped build and expand the family’s real estate development and construction business. He credits his success during this time to a strong work ethic instilled in him by his parents.
A Family Changes Things
1974 was a big year for Adam, he married Gila Elgrably in Haifa. They had two daughters and set up a family home. The hard-charging young executive had a family to support, and a future to plan. In 1974, they moved to the United States, a short time later they had a third daughter.
Success In America
Adam enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he drew upon his extensive real estate experience and became a commercial real estate agent. Adam is now a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a private real estate investment firm. He lives in Encino, California with his wife and is the grandfather to three beautiful grandchildren.
Adam and his wife founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, dedicated to preserving the Israeli State’s interests and continued strong ties to the United States. Additionally, he co-founded the Israeli-American Council and sits on the boards of numerous other charities and organizations.