Eric Pulier is the founder of several IT companies including Digital Evolution and Akana, and currently he serves on the board of innovation at the XPrize Foundation. This foundation’s mission is to tackle scientific challenges of the future, and to encourage young innovators to come up with feasible solutions for which they are awarded an XPrize. Pulier has already spent time inspiring young people to be more than they think they can be, and he’s always had a vision for future technological developments.
Pulier had two interests growing up, one in writing and literature and the other in computer programming. He attended Harvard where he studied both American and English literature, and also wrote columns in the Harvard Crimson newsletter. He also attended computer science courses at MIT on the side, and soon completed his degrees with high honors at both universities. He first started working with a non-profit group called People Doing Things in 1991, a group that incorporated computer programs into their endeavors for social changes in Los Angeles.
Eric Pulier founded his first business, Digital Evolution in 1994 and from that company several subsidiaries emerged. He became interested in cloud computing later on and incorporated cloud technologies in platforms such as Akana, Desktone, and also founded a cloud enterprise system called ServiceMesh, which was eventually bought out by Computer Sciences Corp. He’s also the author of a well-known textbook, Understanding Enterprise SOA.
Pulier loves young children and helped many of them through his virtual reality program, Starbright World. This program was done through the partnerships of many children’s hospitals and through an elaborate infrastructure, Pulier helped build a live video social network for children to communicate with each other. It also included virtual reality programs that showed children what was happening in their bodies, and encouraged them to fight their illnesses.
Pulier has also helped use technology for humanitarian groups around the world and finding sustainable solutions for various crises. He’s been a longtime friend of former President Bill Clinton and has served at the Clinton Global Initiative. He also helped launch the Bridge to the 21st Century as part of President Clinton’s reelection in 1996, and in this exhibition he showed how technology would evolve in everyday life, and even showed a live feed of the astronauts in the space shuttle.
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