Eric Pulier is now encouraging young people to help find tomorrow’s solutions for today’s challenges. Whether that challenge is deep space travel, finding new sources of energy, building an artificial intelligence system or anything else, Pulier and other board members of XPrize Foundation are encouraging young people to dream big and find solutions. If someone can find a solution to a challenge, they win an XPrize. Pulier has brought his own ideas to life over the years from building his own computer and software companies, to helping find global solutions with former President Bill Clinton’s global initiative program.
Pulier began his interests in computer programming all the way back when he was in elementary school, when he started writing his own programs in 4th grade. He pursued this interest all the way through high school, and then enrolled at both Harvard University and MIT for college. At Harvard he was an American and English literature major who also wrote for the Harvard Crimson, while at MIT he took night classes in information technology and put his programming skills to use. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in the late 1980s.
Pulier started out his business and IT career in Los Angeles, working for a few years with a non-profit group called People Doing Things. In 1994, he founded a leading digital media company called Digital Evolution, later bought by US Interactive, LLC. After founding this company, he started several enterprise management companies including Media Platform, Akana, Desktone and ServiceMesh, the last of which was purchased by the Computer Sciences Corporation a few years back. He also wrote a college-level textbook called Understanding Enterprise SOA.
Pulier got involved in philanthropy, becoming a part of Starbright World, a program that was started by several big technology and motion picture companies. The program was a large virtual reality platform that showed young children how to fight chronic sickness. Pulier also was a part of an exhibition former President Bill Clinton decided to host after his reelection in 1996, the Bridge to the 21st Century. This exhibition showed what new developments were going to be coming, and even had a live feed of the space shuttle that had been launched not too long before.