Eric Lefkofsky, Author, Investor and Business Innovator

To understand how Chicago Entrepreneur and Investor, Eric Lefkofsky co-founded multiple enterprises, simply take a look at his industry background. Lefkofsky has always maintained an interest in business development; after finishing law school he borrowed from family members to buy a retail outlet selling apparel. Then in 1999, he got together with a good friend to start an Internet company, Starbelly. That promotional company was a victory at the height of the Internet boom, it was later sold to Halo industries.

Eric Lefkofsky has an outstanding work ethic, which is needed to create business concepts, one right after the other and even if one fails, to continue growing. Although he’s busy as a serial entrepreneur, Lefkofsky also participates in philanthropic giving as an Angel investor. Angel investors fund business startups, helping individuals whose fundraising efforts have no other avenue. Through participation in an Angel investor group, Lefkofsky has donated a significant amount of money to numerous individuals and groups throughout the Chicago area.Acting as an Angel Investor and entrepreneurship responsibilities would seem like enough for most people to handle. Well, Eric Lefkofsky also added another career interest when he became an author in 2014. His book entitled, “Accelerated Disruption,” provides in-depth analysis of how business development and technology can operate together to “re-imagine” an industry. The book presents graphic details into the nature of building related things, ideas and the methodology of staying afloat in the fast paced business world, by creating an innovative disruption.

The graphic details in Lefkofsky’s book includes how to pick the right industry to disrupt. He points out that the key to a business becoming successful and staying successful is using the industry as an advantage. One of the key concepts in “Accelerated Disruption” is “understanding the concept of pain in an industry and turning it to competitive advantage.” He looks at building a business as a hardcore concept, from beginning to end; that is from conceptual idea to a thriving enterprise. The book has received high praise from industry experts and it was awarded five out of five stars on Amazon.

Eva Moskowitz: Education Champion for New York City

 Eva Moskowitz is transforming a lot of lives by giving the people of New York City a better place for their children to attend school than the public options that are available. As CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools, Eva Moskowitz has seen test scores which reveal that the processes which she has implemented are certainly working in many areas. Similarly, the enrollment of these academies is on a very impressive upward trend with parents placing their “scholars” into her care. This is great for the future of New York as well as the surrounding areas.

 

It was almost a year ago that there were thirty-four campuses and over 11,000 children attending. This has grown even further since then with the addition of more schools like the high school which is bringing more grade levels into the sphere of Eva Moskowitz. The instructors and faculty create an individualized program for each enrolled student that can lead them all the way on a motivating trajectory through college. Overall, it is a lot more than is available at other public venues, and so there are more families either relocating or transporting their children to her places of education.

 

Eva Moskowitz had taken a place on the city council of New York City with the idea to change the schools, but when that did not work as she had wanted then she simply opened one of her own in Harlem, and it went from there. Of particular interest is the way that the Success Academy is able to help the lives of poorer and minority children who come into the game at a disadvantage. The teacher-union contracts were what she worked to change, and when all sorts of imbalances were received she began to distrust the government that she worked with.