Eric Pulier is making his name as one of the leading innovators in technology today. Born in New Jersey, Eric has shown interest in computers for most of his life. In fact, Eric had successfully built first computer while only in the fourth grade.
Having excelled in academics in New Jersey’s public school system, Eric went on to Major in English and American Literature at the prestigious Harvard University. After graduating magna cum laude in 1988, Eric founded People Doing things which focused on providing humanitarian aid with technology. PDT became successful and was eventually bought out, leaving Eric to create 15 other companies later in his career. Upon Eric’s entrepreneurial journey, Eric most notably became to be one of the first to embrace Cloud computing, an innovative tool that has become integral to modern business success.
Eric Polier never let his humanitarian spirit fade with developing the first social media site in 1995, Starbright World, that gave children suffering from persistent illnesses a chance to connect with one another. Eric said in an interview that he was inspired by Peter Diamandis, another entrepreneur who focused on humanitarian aid. When reading about Peter, Eric was so inspired that he wanted to follow a similar path.
After his success in corporate world, Eric Polier geared his life solely towards philanthropy and helping the less fortunate. To embark on this new chapter, Eric founded the X-Prizes, a contest centered around cultivating strategies that solve humanities most pressing issues. Along with X prizes, Eric has continued to help sick children as a member of the board of directors on Project Turtle. Project Turtle is a summer camp based in California that gives children with chronic illnesses the opportunity to be social and have fun.
Other than helping the impoverished, Eric makes it a priority to be a good father for his four children. Eric would like to have his legacy continue and be remembered by them. Eric believes that his kids are a chunk of his legacy that determines whether his legacy is a success. Eric is certainly the man to watch as his self-less track record builds.
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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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