Call him a genius or an innovator, Eric Pulier is from a unique group of entrepreneurs who are building companies that can foster community development. Whereas, the traditional philosophy behind entrepreneurship focused on generating revenues for the immediate shareholders, the new breed of entrepreneur representing Eric Pulier are more concerned about the impact of their activities on the community.
Eric is a genius because he started to program computers when he was only in his fourth grade. His passion for the technology continued in the High School, when he founded his first company. Even when studying Literature at Harvard, he regularly attended computer classes at the nearby, MIT.
After graduating from college, Eric’s first project was also based on community development. Accordingly, “People Doing Things” focused specifically on solving issues related to education and healthcare using technology. Later, Eric also founded the landmark, Starbright World project, which offered a chance to children with chronic-illness to chat, share and coordinate with each other through social networking. It is interesting to note that the project was initiated at the time when Internet was only a few years old.
Throughout his career, Eric Pulier developed or co-founded nearly 15 prominent firms. He also funded millions of dollars in the form of venture capital. Perhaps, his interest in technology and community affairs was the primary reason why the U.S. government asked him to oversee management of Presidential Technology Exhibition in Washington D.C. called “The Bridge to the 21st Century”. The successful campaign also led Eric to manage various healthcare and technology initiatives for former Vice President, Al-Gore. His active involvement in government affair and passion for community development is yet another reason for participation in Clinton Global Initiative.
To continue his philanthropic endeavors, Eric Pulier sits at the innovation board of the landmark global project, X-Prize Foundation, which is trying to solve some of the most important challenges facing the humanity. Another notable activity is Eric’s continued interest is helping children with chronic illness. To support these children, he is an active member of the “Painted Turtle” project, which is a summer camp for such children.