Eric Pulier is an American entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist originally from Teaneck, New Jersey, who now resides in Los Angeles, California with his four children. He is the founder of more than fifteen companies and serves on the board for The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with chronic illness. In addition to these impressive stats, he is also a public speaker, as well as a technologist, possessing a particular love for the latter which began blooming from an early age.
Pulier began programming computers in the fourth grade. By high school, he had successfully started his very own database computer company. He went on to attend Harvard University where he studied English and American Literature, Computer Science, and Visual and Environmental Studies while playing the role of editor for the school’s prestigious newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. On top of this already crammed schedule, he also balanced classes from the neighboring MIT. Despite the heavy load, he graduated magna cum laude in 1988.
In 1991, he made the big cross-country move to California where he founded People Doing Things (PDT), a company whose main focus is addressing the state of healthcare and education (among other issues) through the use of technology. In 1994, he founded the Digital Evolution agency, which merged with US Interactive LLC in 1998. With internet forums on the rise, Pulier pushed for the development of Starbright World, a private social network for chronically ill children to blog and chat with one another.
In 1997, Eric Pulier was chosen by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to implement the DC-based Presidential Technology Exhibition titled, “The Bridge to the 21st Century”. Here, Pulier showcased various exhibits regarding the technologies imagined for the near future, including categories on health care, education, family, community, entertainment, government, space exploration, and the environment, the funding for which was all directly accosted by Pulier himself via corporate and personal donations. Succeeding the expo, he engaged in Vice President Al Gore’s forums for healthcare and technology initiatives.
Pulier has founded and co-founded a myriad of business ventures, including Akana, Desktone, and Media Platform to name a few. Likewise, he’s a major investor for media and technology startups. But besides being a master of his own trade, Pulier is ardently active in philanthropy, serving on boards and as donor to multiple nonprofit organizations, with a specific focus on charities catered towards the economically-disadvantaged, or physically impaired. See More Information.