Eric Pulier: Technological Philanthropist

Posted on August 19, 2017

Eric Pulier is an entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. He was born in 1966 in New Jersey. From an early age he showed huge interest in computers. In fourth grade, he started programming and by the time he graduated from high school, he had started a small computer database company.

Pulier attended Harvard University in the eighties. Despite his love of technology, he majored in American literature and English. While he studied, he was a student journalist. He regularly wrote a column for The Harvard Crimson and eventually served as the newspaper’s editor. He graduated magna cum laude in 1988.

After leaving Harvard, he moved to Los Angeles, California. Shortly after, he founded People Doing Things, a company that addresses technology in the improvement of health care and education. However, this is not the only project he’s given life to. Pulier is the founder or co-founder of numerous technological and philantropic companies and foundations. Some of his creations include Digital Evolution, US Interactive, Akana (previously known as SOA Software), Media Platform, ServiceMesh, Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council, and vAtomic.

In 1997, Pulier was tasked by the Presidential Inaugurual Committee to create the Presidential Technology Exhibition. Not only did he create the exhibition, but he also oversaw the whole project and personally went out to collect donations. Later, he participated in the Clinton Global Initiative. However, his work on the Presidential Technology Exhibition impressed Morley Winograd, who at the time was Gore’s Domestic Policy Advisor. When Winograd became the USC Marshall School’s Chairman of the Center for Telecommunications Management, he invited Pulier to become a board member. Eric Pulier accepted and spent four years serving on the board.

Since his time on the CTM board ended, Pulier has been a member of several other boards as well. Over his career, he has been involved with the XPrize Foundation and The Painted Turtle, which is a camp that serves children and teens with chronic illnesses. He also helped design and build Starbright World, which is a private social media site for adolescents with chronic illnesses.

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