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A Look at Eric Pulier and His Unusually Varied Tech Career

Jesse Boskoff, @jesseboskoff
01.10.17
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At first glance, you would probably never guess that such a young face has accomplished so much. Eric Pulier is more than a distinguished Harvard graduate. He is also a columnist, a published author, a brilliant technologist, a public speaker, a generous philanthropist and an entrepreneur who has built and grown several successful startups. Having gotten the chance to know Eric, I've been amazed by the many things he's been able to accomplish over the course of his career. Here's a little bit about one of the more interesting tech entrepreneurs in today's business world.

Early Life And Education

Pulier was born in New Jersey. In learning about his early life, it is evident that an education was merely a sharpening tool for his impressive natural intelligence. As a fourth-grade student, Pulier started programming computers. By the time he finished high school in 1984, he had already started a database computer company.

He went on to Harvard immediately after graduating and became the editor of The Harvard Crimson, which is the school's daily newspaper. Also, Pulier wrote for the paper. His insightful editorial pieces can still be viewed on his Harvard writer profile. From the stigma associated with a Harvard degree to the dangers of terrorism that were not as big of a concern then, Pulier covered a wide array of important topics. Pulier moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to pursue his dreams.

Entrepreneurial Success

XPrize is perhaps one of Pulier's most revolutionary startups. The program includes several competitions and prizes for people who are willing to push themselves to their fullest potential. Pulier's vision behind this was to help determined teens and event adults who lack achieve their dreams and be rewarded for success.

Akana was another memorable accomplishment for Pulier. He founded the SOA software program and acquired several other SOA vendors under the brand throughout the 2000s. In 2016, he sold the company to Rogue Wave Software after growing it to become a powerful suite of SOA solutions.

Philanthropy Work

One of Pulier's most notable philanthropy efforts is the Painted Turtle, which is a camp for children with chronic illnesses. Pulier is VP of cloud operations with the organization. He has generously donated both time and money to ensure that children who have special medical needs can still enjoy the idyllic summer camp experience.

Pulier's compassion for children with special medical needs is also evident in his work with Starbright World. He put his money and profound tech skills to work in building a secure specialized social media platform for children with chronic illnesses. With this innovative network, they could meet and interact with others who were experiencing similar health issues.

His record of philanthropy is long and impressive. Also noteworthy was his work with President Bill Clinton in the 1990s to find low-cost solutions for cloud computing in at-need communities. Additionally, he was a pioneer in developing multimedia educational platforms for home use. One of the most notable was his program that taught people with multiple sclerosis more about the many facets of their disease.

Published Works

Another success of Pulier's was his book called Understanding Enterprise SOA. In the book, he delivers a concise and easy-to-understand introduction to the topic. His book is highly rated for its relevance, in-depth insight and easy readability. Also, he has written for Forbes.

From setting up the first interactive live feed stream in a space shuttle to helping people with medical needs, Pulier has already left a remarkable positive footprint in the world. He plans to continue helping others, developing computing technology and assisting innovative startups in their endeavors.

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