Eric Pulier: Programmer, Political Activist And Philanthropist in Young Children’s Programs

Eric Pulier is on the boards of both XPrize and the Painted Turtle. XPrize is a foundation whose mission is to encourage young people to figure out how to solve scientific issues through technological ideas. The Painted Turtle is a summer camp that affords young people with disabilities a week of fun and thrills. Pulier has developed numerous technology platforms and software for both business and non-profit organizations and he believes young people can change the world through their ideas. Pulier has been active in politics serving at former President Clinton’s Global Initiative and Vice President Al Gore’s forum. He’s also the author of a business textbook, Understanding Enterprise SOA.

Eric Pulier started out in the IT business when he was still in high school when he began programming. He helped design different computer systems at his school and graduated with a scholarship to Harvard University. While at Harvard he studied both English and American literature and was an editor at the Harvard Crimson newsletter. He also took classes at MIT and graduated with high honors from both universities.

Pulier relocated to Los Angeles soon after and first worked with a social activist group called People Doing Things that emphasized computer-based solutions. A couple years later Pulier founded his first company, Digital Evolution. The company specialized in interactive media software and later was bought by US Interactive LLC. Pulier started several other business software and network infrastructure companies including Desktone, Akana and ServiceMesh. ServiceMesh was bought by the Computer Sciences Corporation and Pulier served as an executive there for a few years.

Pulier joined former President Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign in 1996 and was chosen to launch the Presidential Technology Exhibition which featured Bridge to the 21st Century. This exhibit showed developments that would change lives in the coming years and also had a live video for the astronauts in the space shuttle that had launched that year. Pulier also got involved with healthcare at Starbright World, a virtual reality program that was hosted at several children’s hospitals across the nation. The program encouraged children to fight the diseases and also included videoconferencing and social media.