Eric Pulier’s parents must have realized that their son was a brilliant child that would grow up to become an entrepreneur when he learned how to program computers as a child and then start a database computer company while he was still a high school student. Attending Harvard University, Pulier majored in English and American Literature, however, he also took all of the challenging computer classes.
After graduating magna cum laude in 1998,Eric Pulier wrote and did graphic design while he decided how to blend his passion for both the technical and artistic nature of computers. Pulier founded People Doing Things (PDT) after moving to Los Angeles; the company tackled education and health care issues with technology. PTD became the interactive agency Digital Evolution, which later merged with US Interactive. After the merger, Pulier became the company’s executive chairperson.
Before the merger, while Pulier was president of Digital Evolution, the company released Media Conveyor, a predictive packeting solution for low-bandwidth Internet connections that downloaded video and audio separately, and then combined the two seamlessly. Media Conveyor was used for Starbright World, the Starbright Foundation’s private social network for hospital-bound children. Pulier led the effort to create the network by donating money and his technical skills. Pulier also supports The Painted Turtle, a free California camp where children with serious illnesses have the opportunity to have fun outdoors and the Clinton Foundation, which carries out humanitarian programs.
Pulier’s record of accomplishments in the technology field are extraordinary. As a member of the innovation board of the X-Prize Foundation, Pulier joins a group of renowned philanthropists who help define the competition’s challenges and identifying strategic partners. In addition, Pulier is the co-author of Understanding Enterprise SOA, a book that offers insights for IT professionals who are adopting SOA.