Eric Pulier was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He showed an interest in computing as far back as the fourth grade, where he would write programs for computers, and continued through high school where he established a company specialized in database computers. Pulier attended Harvard University as an English and American Literature major while also taking several courses at nearby MIT. Pulier also served as editor and columnist for “The Harvard Crimson” and graduated magna cum laude in ’88.
Three years after graduating from Harvard, Pulier changed coasts and moved to L.A. in order to found People Doing Things, or “PDT”. PDT was engineered to apply technology toward issues of health care and education. Three years later in ’94, Pulier founded Digital Evolution which would later merge with US Interactive in ’98. 1997 would see Eric Pulier being appointed to create and deliver “The Bridge to the 21st Century” on behalf of the American government. Pulier would then be involved in Al Gore’s forums on health care and technology, eventually becoming involved with the Clinton Global Initiative. In addition to his founding of services like Akana and Desktone, Pulier is passionate about his Starbright World project, a social network dedicated to children suffering from chronic illnesses.
When one steps back and looks at Pulier’s accomplishments, he has founded more than 15 companies and owns 17 different patents, the latter of which all pertain to various aspects of cloud computing. He also serves as father to four children and as a board member of The Painted Turtle and the XPRIZE Foundation; the former organization is a summer camp for the same market as Starbright World and the latter one is dedicated to hosting competitions to fix the greatest issues of humanity, such as private space flight and exploration, replicating a functional “Star Trek” tricorder, working to improve adult literacy and engineering an AI capable of drawing a standing ovation after delivering a speech. Pulier has served as co-author of two published works: “Understanding Enterprise SOA,” which is about service-focused architecture, and “The Enterprise Industrial Complex,” an article in Forbes’ March 2012 issue.