Most tech entrepreneurs would do one of two things after earning nearly 2 billion dollars in less than 20 years. They would either expand their horizons and partner with bigger earning companies or rest on their laurels in a very comfortable early retirement. Eric Lefkofsky chose none of the above. He decided to leave the mega wealth building tech world for a more philanthropist inspired project. Battling, treating and curing cancer.
With a career that began with rapid success. Lefkofsky is redirecting his talents and brilliance toward a noble cause. One of three children of Jewish descent, he grew up in humble Southfield, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1991 with honors and then went on to receive his juris doctorate from U of M in 1993.
After launching several successful internet start ups, the first of which he and a college friend began shortly after graduation. Over the next 15 years Lefkofsky was at the forefront of many successful tech ventures before launching ThePoint.com in 2007, the name was changed in 2008 to Groupon and within 2 years was the fastest growing company in history as reported by Forbes. In 2010 Google offered 6 billion dollars to buy out Groupon but the offer was declined.
Eric Lefkofsky served as CEO of Groupon from August 2013 until November 2015. In 2016 he began focusing his efforts into building Tempus, a tech company building an operational system aimed at battling cancer.
An innovative company with an aggressive approach of providing database services solely for cancer research and analysis. The purpose of which is to provide doctors with a resource of data in which they can compare afflicted patients DNA allowing them the information to assist in individualizing the best therapy possible.
This amazing new medical resource will aid doctors in the ability to prolong cancer patients lives and provides promise to potentially even cure cancer in some cases. Lefkofsky knows from his many years of success in the technology industry that innovation is progressing at an amazing pace but the medical field did not seem to be keeping up or benefiting at that same pace. So he decided to do what most successful entrepreneurs do, fill a need and improve an outdated process.
With Tempus in full operation, doctors can now take the mountains of data they collect and utilize Eric’s technology to analyze and progress from such data.
Most Americans don’t realize it, but 8,000 children in the United States die of hunger every year. That is a sad fact, and the fact that more than three million children around the world die of hunger every year is even sadder. The Hunger issue isn’t new. The United Nations and other organizations have been hard at work for years trying to wipe out malnutrition and hunger. But there are an incredible amount of challenges to face, and there has never been a concerted effort to address the root of the hunger problem in children. Nations around the world believe there more important priorities on lovaganza.com, so there has never been enough resources available to get hunger in the poorest countries under control, until now. A French-Canadian couple, J.F. and Genevieve Gagnon, take childhood hunger personally, and they’re doing something about it. That something is called the Lovaganza Foundation.
The Lovaganza Foundation could only be the creation of two people in the film and entertainment industry. J.F. Gagnon is a director, producer, composer, singer, and actor, and he has many film credits to his name. Genevieve is an actress as well as a director and producer. Genevieve is in charge of directing and producing the Lovaganza Convoy. The Lovaganza Convoy is a series of short documentaries filmed in several different countries that address hunger issues. The documentaries are designed to motivate other organizations to joined the Lovaganza Foundation. The launch of the Lovaganza Convoy is set for 2020, but the Gagnon’s have released a trailer that highlights the points they want to make to other organizations.
But Lovaganza is more than the sum of its parts, according to J.F. Gagnon. Gagnon told the press that Lovaganza has taken on a life of its own and celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile individuals are getting behind the movement donating time and money to the cause. The response to Lovaganza has better than expected and if the interest keeps up the Gagnon’s feel that the goal to feed all the children around the world by 2035 will certainly become a reality.
But the Gagnon’s and their team of supporters are not satisfied yet. They know anything can happen over the next fourteen years, so they continue to travel, film, and communicate with organizations and people in the nations that could help Lovaganza the most. It’s not an easy task, but J.F.and Genevieve said it is the task they were born to do.
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