On the surface, Eric Pulier is a lot like other Harvard grads who went on to big names in the tech industry. He started programming computers as a 4th grader in New Jersey. By the time he graduated high school, he had his own database computer company. While at Harvard, he starting writing for and became editor of the Harvard Crimson.
Upon graduation, he moved away from the East Coast and like a lot of dreamers before him, settled in Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. His first start-up company was called People Doing Things, and it focused on technology and the healthcare industry. In the 1990s, President Bill Clinton tapped him to help design low-cost cloud computing for communities in need. By 1997, he was again tapped at a national level, this time to create the presidential technology exhibit called ‘The Bridge to the 21st Century. Over his career he has founded or co-founded over 15 companies, and made his fortune in software and computing.
What he has done with his entrepreneurial success makes him stand out. Over his career, he has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital for future entrepreneurs. Eric Pulier also helps new ideas come to fruition using his start up the X-Prize. There, competitors can show off their inventions and ideas in a competition for cash prizes and the chance at commercial success.
His commitments are not just to those in the tech world. From the beginning, he was dedicated to helping children. In 1995, he teamed up to help create one of the first social media networks, called the “Starbright World” where children with chronic illnesses could communicate with each other online and share positive messages in a safe environment. Eric Pulier even created a game called “Starlight World” where children with diabetes could explore how their bodies and the illness worked while having fun.
Eric Pulier’s philanthropy extends into today. At the Painted Turtle, he has generously donated both time and money to the summer camp for children with chronic illnesses, to bring a bit of joy into their lives.