Category Archives: Career Inspiration

Groupon Founder Eric Lefkofsky Sets His Sights on Cancer Treatment

At age 47, Eric Lefkofsky wasn’t looking to build a new startup and take it all the way through the IPO process. One of Chicago’s most-successful startup founders, Lefkofsky has already founded InnerWorkings, Echo Global Logistics, and local marketing giant Groupon. But when his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer, his exposure to the healthcare system for cancer patients inspired him to create Tempus, a medical start-up with the goal of disrupting cancer treatment and outdated health technology models.

Lefkofsky is betting his own money on the self-funded startup. He told ChicagoInno that Tempus has a huge opportunity success because it was born out of a “problem that needed a solution.” Going to medical appointments with his wife Elizabeth, Lefkofsky was stunned to realize that the technology doctors were using to determine how to treat her cancer was much inferior to technology his company Echo Global Logistics had developed to help truck drivers.

How was it possible, Lefkofsky wondered, that truck drivers had better technology than physicians who were charged with saving a cancer patient’s life?

Eric Lefkofsky and his business partner Brad Keywell, who is CEO of predictive analytics startup Uptake, envisioned a way that genomic sequencing data and machine learning could work together to give doctors a better picture of the information they needed to make the best treatment plans for cancer patients with . After 18 months, Tempus has partnered with approximately a dozen leading organizations in cancer treatment, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the Mayo Clinic. Physicians at the clinics can refer a cancer patient to Tempus. The patients will have their genomic data sequenced at Tempus’ lab. The data is then paired with clinical treatment information and historical data and returned to the referring physician, who also receives access to Tempus’ operating system.

Tempus is “the most meaningful in every metric,” Lefkofsky told ChicagoInno editor Jim Dallke. The company has the opportunity to be bigger than any of Lefkofsky’s other startups which have successfully disrupted their sectors, like Groupon with local commerce and InnerWorkings with marketing.

Kim Dao’s BTS fashion that won’t go out of style

In this style inspired video, Kim Dao, a beauty and fashion YouTuber who possesses over 327,000 subscribers, gives viewers a fashion show of suggestions of what to wear when going back to school. With this school year ending and warmer weather upon us, these outfits may just be appropriate for casual summer and spring attire.

 

The first outfit Kim Dao presents to viewers is a white off the shoulder blouse with subtle grey stripes with faded blue denim ‘jeggings’ and white sneakers to match her top. The jeans are appropriately high waisted, her blouse is conveniently tucked into the denim showcasing the front stitching. Kim Dao displays her accessories first; showing a Swarovski pendant necklace.

 

Kim Dao’s second outfit she displays to her 58,000 viewers is an all light colored lace-y almost conservative outfit. Kim Dao’s top is a see through lace buttoned up collared blouse from Liz Lisa. She also accessorizes yet again with a charming black sunglasses headband. Dao’s skirt is a high waisted pencil skirt in the shade pale dogwood from H&M. It includes a pop of color from the gold shaded buttons exposed up front.

 

Next, Dao lays out another lightly inspired look. She wear a soft pink cap backwards, reminding viewers this is in fact a back to school video by bringing back style that was celebrated in the 1980s. Her blouse is very similar to the top shown in the first outfit, but not the same. This one is powder white but still lingers the off the shoulder collar and raised sleeves. She wears yet another light pink bottom — a fringed skort with a white inlay underneath the skirt section.

 

The next ensemble is a bit more neutral. Dao’s top is a deceptive white Harvard Law shirt (underneath it reads ‘Just Kidding’). Again, high waisted denim shorts, this time much darker and slightly faded. Interestingly enough this outfit has no accessories.

 

Dao’s last unfolding is another lightly neutral concoction. She wears a shaded pink outer jacket with raised sleeves button up, and large pockets on either sides. Her white shirt is a slight low cut plain top. She wears a pair of light faded hot shorts that she tucks her H&M top into.

 

Dick DeVos Continues Charitable Giving To The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center for the Arts has been a major source of education and support for many years, but still relies upon the charitable donations of supporters  and philanthropists like the DeVos family for its running and expansion plans. A large expansion plan has been in the works since 2013 when a major plan was developed for developing a new riverfront pavilion that will be linked to the center by a brand new walkway. The plan initially called for a $125 million fund to be created from donations to pay for the expansion plan; the success of the fund has seen $135 million donated by supporters and the plan to be expanded to higher levels. Read more about the plans for the Center here: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/09/whos-giving-the-kennedy-center-millions.html

One of those who has continued to support the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy. Along with his wife, Dick has developed a series of foundations and charitable giving opportunities based upon the need to assist the arts and other areas of life that are popular with people in all walks of life. The latest donation to the Kennedy Center has seen the DeVos family provide $1 million to the new fund, which is the latest in a series of donations made to the center through their self-named family foundation.

DeVos has been a major backer of many philanthropic endeavors that are funded by the profits made by AmWay under his leadership. The arts are not the only area of the charitable work of the DeVos family that has also included a major investment made in the health of young people and adults. DeVos also gives to many religious foundations as he is a man of faith. Though he is a businessman by trade, his primary focus in his philanthropy is giving to educational purposes. He has even founded the West Michigan Aviation Academy for high school students that want to learn about aviation, but don’t have the funds to do so themselves.

Dick DeVos was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has made sure the people of this area benefit from the success of the AmWay group he provided the company with before he left to pursue his own business. He consistently gives speeches to educate local business owners about successful tactics to employ and uses his personal social media to encourage members of his local community in their business endeavors and personal efforts. He is also quick to give credit where it is due and is publicly grateful in a humble manner about all he has accomplished and been given.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

The Orlando Magic NBA franchise owner has made sure a number of charter schools and educational programs are in place within Michigan to assist those within the region in making the most of their future. Watch the video below to see some of the grateful people whose lives he has affected with his generosity.

 

Airman, Photographer, Lacrosse Coach – Jon Urbana’s Life

People are looking to do more and more activities and live a fuller life than ever before with the ability to embark on a much more varied lifestyle thanks to the Internet and technology. Urbana is an active participant on Facebook and blogs like Tumblr where he spends a large amount of his time publishing and uploading his own artistic work. Music and photography play an important part in the leisure time of the man who acts as the lacrosse coach for his own camps each summer and still finds the time to remain one of the best qualified pilots in the world.

Jon Urbana has spent the majority of his life dedicating his time to his business and sporting interests, but has also been rewarded with a place on the list of the world’s best qualified pilots. The FAA publishes a database of pilots who have the skills, education, training, and good health to work as respected pilots in commercial work. Urbana is one of the latest entrants onto the database, which is generally reserved for commercial pilots with many years of service.

Alongside his abilities as a pilot, the founder of Next Level Lacrosse is also a dedicated photographer who excels in producing images based on nature and still life.

The influences in the life of Jon Urbana are many and varied, including a number of photography and musical experts who are detailed on his many social media accounts. Music is now playing an even greater role in the life of Jon Urbana than ever before, which is shown in the work he has uploaded for public consumption. Urbana has extended his musical talents beyond the guitar he has played for many years to include electronic music that has developed his largest following.

What You Can Learn About Success From Ken Griffin

At a young age, one holds the potential of running a venture that can help to transform how people run business. This is something that has been overlooked in many ways and people should come to terms with facts that can help them run successful ventures. As much as everyone wants to run a successful business, the search for invaluable information has been rife and different people have been able to set up strong businesses. Achieving success is something that may not come overnight and this is something Ken Griffin has clearly emphasized. It takes dedication and time to ensure one gets the right results. The learning process is also endless and each day one needs to adjust to fit with the needs of the market. Ken Griffin is a well trained professional and CEO of Citadel who has maintained his influence in the business world. His decisions and guidelines have been instrumental in offering different solutions for business stability and success. Ken Griffin is a great scholar and a graduate of economics, something that has placed him among well established professionals who are dedicated to offering the best to their clients. He has helped many young entrepreneurs to get facts about the market and to match up with the ever increasing rate of competition. He has been an active participant in different forums that have helped to address business challenges and his input has been noted by many and appreciated. Among things that have contributed to the success of Ken Griffin is research and constant zeal for learning new concepts. From the time he joined school; he has been inquisitive and sought to find the reason for certain behaviors of the market. This is information that has assisted him to learn about different concepts that are ideal for the running of businesses. Ken Griffin spent much time reading about successful entrepreneurs and upcoming businesses. He gave much emphasis on information that touched on market changes and how one could adjust to ensure a business does not lose due to changes. After he completed high school successfully, Ken Griffin joined the Harvard University, where he would open up his dream and explore different business options. He took this as a prime chance that would help him understand about different strategies that are relevant to the business world, and which could help make life more interesting. In his pursuit for knowledge, he came across an article in the Forbes Magazine, which sought to address different questions young entrepreneurs want addressed. He realized that most of the issues addressed therein were relevant to the kind of business he wanted to start. This offered him motivation to launch his first hedge fund investment, which was funded by classmates through sale of shares. Having received some experience in the business world, Ken Griffin was able to get the strength to face a bigger market. When he graduated, he proceeded to nurture his dream and established Citadel, the most reliable hedge fund that has been awarded severally for the great service and management they have managed to offer.