Eric Pulier: Focusing On the Future Through Philanthropy
After learning computer programming while still in elementary school, Eric Pulier formed a database computer company while still in high school. This would be just the first of many companies he’d form. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988.
In 1991, he formed People Doing Things, a company which used focused on addressing universal issues such as education and health care in a context that leveraged technology. In 1994, he founded Digital Evolution, which became US Interactive in 1998.
In that same time span, Eric Pulier also maintained his focus on more philanthropic efforts. In 1995, Steven Spielberg and Al Gore cut the ribbon on Starbright World, a social network Eric designed and built for terminally ill children to connect and share their experiences with each other in a safe environment. He later went on to create Starlight Diabetes, which helped diabetic children learn and understand their illness through animated learning modules.
In 1997, he was selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to create “The Bridge to the 21st Century”, the Presidential Technology Exhibition. He went on to take part in Al Gore’s forums on health care and technology.
Eric is a donor to a lot of other philanthropic efforts as well. He was an honoree at the 2010 US Doctors for Africa benefit. His donations helped in founding the ACE Foundation, which helps find new ways to apply software in efforts to solve humanitarian challenges such as clean drinking water.
Notably, he is on the innovation board for XPRIZE, which organizes competitions to promote technological innovation that could benefit mankind. Their board of trustees includes Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, Larry Page and James Cameron.
He is also a board member for The Painted Turtle, which organizes things such as camps for chronically or terminally ill children. It was originally founded by Paul Newman and Lou Adler.
Eric Poulier recently founded vAtomic Systems Inc. in 2015. Their primary focus is leveraging modern blockchain and cloud technology, for which Eric holds several patents.
Whether through work or outreach, full spectrum philanthropy seems to be Eric Pulier’s motto.