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.