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Eric PulierEntrepreneur, author, & philanthropist

Entrepreneur, technologist, published author, columnist, public speaker, philanthropist, and founder of over fifteen companies, Pulier has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for ventures he has founded or co-founded.

A sampling of ventures Mr. Pulier has founded, co-founded, or funded include: Digital Evolution, US Interactive, Media Platform, Akana, Desktone, ServiceMesh, and the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council, which merged into TM Forum.

In addition, Mr. Pulier has invested in venture capital funds and charitable organizations. VC’s include: Trident Capital, eCompanies, Monitor Ventures, and—just recently—a new firm in alliance with some of the most notable names in the technology industry that will be announced soon. Also, Pulier is an active investor in numerous seed level startups in media and technology, the vast majority of which have gone on to successful financings.

Mr. Pulier is the active father of four children, serves on the board of The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for children with chronic illness, and the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation. Mr. Pulier lives in Los Angeles, CA with his four children.

Education

Mr. Pulier graduated from Teaneck High School in 1984. From there he went to Harvard University to attain his BA.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1988.

During his collegiate career he studied English & American Literature, Computer Science, Visual & Environmental Studies. He was also the author of PulierLeg, a weekly column he wrote for the Harvard Crimson Weekly, of which he was also an editor.

Government

Mr. Pulier was chosen to build and run the “Bridge to the 21st Century” for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, to commemorate their 2nd inauguration. The multi-day event took place on the Mall in Washington, DC and was attended by thousands of people, including hundreds of members of congress, senate and the US Supreme Court. Bill Clinton and Al Gore personally attended as well, and Mr. Pulier was featured on almost every news station in America describing the event, walking cameras through the cavernous exhibit tents.

Pulier divided the exhibits into distinct sections meant to showcase the effect of exponential technologies on how we will live in the not-distant future. Categories included: health care, education, entertainment, community, family, government, space exploration, and the environment. In each of the areas, Pulier personally solicited and raised all funds via corporate and personal donations, and was responsible for having the equipment and technology shipped in, set up, and managed for the event. Pulier managed the unions and construction aspects of the event, as well as all compute, networking, power, press, security and staffing.

Lastly, Pulier arranged what was then an unprecedented showcase for an event—a live-feed from the Space Shuttle, where he provided real-time interactions with shuttle astronauts. Subsequent to the event, Pulier stayed involved with Al Gore and his team, working on health care & technology committees and speaking at the Family Reunion Conference where Mr. Pulier was interviewed by Vice President Gore on stage in front of a large live audience.

Subsequently, When the Vice President’s Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Morley Winograd, became the Chairman of the Center for Telecommunications Management at the USC Marshall School, he asked Mr. Pulier to join the board and help build the community. Mr. Pulier served on the board of the CTM for four years, during the time of Mr. Winograd’s tenure.

 

Philanthropy

Mr. Pulier is active in the philanthropic community, notably in endeavors that use technology to solve intractable problems in economically disadvantaged communities or physically impaired children in the U.S. and around the world.

In his early years, Mr. Pulier created one of the first multimedia educational programs to teach people with Multiple Sclerosis about their disease for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Mr. Pulier’s work pioneered the ability to use home computers for complex multimedia educational experiences, and featured a peripheral beam device that users without sufficient motor control for keyboard use could use to answer quizzes and interact with the system.

In 2010, Pulier was the top-billed honoree at the US Doctors for Africa benefit event in New York City, attracting a packed house of paid/donor attendees, where he was honored for his work in bringing technical innovation to the health care needs in Africa.

In addition, Mr. Pulier served as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, where he lead the follow-up exploration of a program to provide low cost cloud-computing resources to under-served communities.

Mr. Pulier is also known as the founding donor of the ACE Foundation, a 501C3 organization dedicated to fundamentally reshaping how software is built and applied to humanity’s grand challenges. The Ace Foundation acts as a “KPMG of Non-Profits” and is currently developing several simultaneous projects, including a management and micro-transaction system to enable the distribution of clean drinking water and the creation of a HIPPA compliant registration infrastructure and data analysis system. In addition, the Ace Foundation has established a partnership with HeroX to sponsor contests for technology that can address pressing humanitarian challenges around the world.

Also, Mr. Pulier is a financial donor and active collaborator in the “Campaign for Free College Tuition”, a 501C3 organization founded by the former Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Gore, Morley Winograd. The CFCT seeks to provide free college to all Americans and was referenced by President Obama in his last State of the Union Address.

Also, Mr. Pulier is a financial donor to the XPRIZE Foundation, a 501C3 charitable organization. XPRIZE is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit mankind. Their Board of Trustees include Elon Musk, James Cameron, Larry Page, Arianna Huffington, Ratan Tata among others. The XPRIZE mission is to bring about “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity” through incentivized competition. It fosters high-profile competitions that motivate individuals, companies and organizations across all disciplines to develop innovative ideas and technologies that help solve the grand challenges that restrict humanity’s progress.The most high-profile XPRIZE to date was the Ansari X Prize relating to spacecraft development awarded in 2004. This prize was intended to inspire research and development into technology for space exploration. Mr. Pulier also serves on the Innovation Board of the XPRIZE Foundation, along with leading philanthropists and innovators.

Lastly, Mr. Pulier is a board member of the Painted Turtle—a charitable organization founded by Paul Newman and Lou Adler. The Painted Turtle’s primary focus is a summer camp, located near Lake Elizabeth in Lake Hughes, CA. The camp is for children who are faced with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. United Health Group provided funds to build the camp, and the Los Angeles Lakers provided the floor for the camp’s gymnasium.

Starbright World

Mr. Pulier donated capital to an effort for the Starlight Foundation to pioneer a new form of interaction for children with chronic illness. Mr. Pulier’s work for the Starlight Foundation became internationally known when Stephen Spielberg & Al Gore personally cut the ribbon at the launch event of the virtual world that Pulier designed and built, known as Starbright World. Pulier built the project for kids suffering from chronic illness, and managed a team of paid and volunteer resources from inception to completed program. Stephen Spielberg acted as Chairman and close collaborator with Pulier and his team, and Pulier raised additional funding for Starbright World from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Intel, applying the capital to the successful creation of the first online environment ever specifically tailored to kids with chronic illness.

Starbright World linked over 75 hospitals in the U.S. with a dedicated video conferencing network, providing integrated real-time video within a game-like, highly stylized virtual environment.

Subsequently, Pulier took on another philanthropic project from concept to production and distribution: a series of computer learning modules for kids with diabetes. Mr. Pulier’s Starlight Diabetes experience is a ground-breaking game where kids experience what it’s like to travel through their own bodies and see first-hand what is happening with sugar levels in their blood and the affect of diet on their health. The game features a variety of modules with original animation and music, and provides a fun and informative journey into the world of juvenile diabetes. The game’s main character became a known mascot for the teaching of diabetes to kids, and was featured on clothing and other merchandise throughout the U.S. Mr. Pulier’s pioneering efforts in the conception and development of the Starbright Diabetes Experience was one of the first published games ever focused on teaching children about their illness and how to achieve optimal health outcomes.pic project from concept to production and distribution: a series of computer learning modules for kids with diabetes. Mr. Pulier’s Starlight Diabetes experience is a ground-breaking game where kids experience what it’s like to travel through their own bodies and see first-hand what is happening with sugar levels in their blood and the affect of diet on their health. The game features a variety of modules with original animation and music, and provides a fun and informative journey into the world of juvenile diabetes. The game’s main character became a known mascot for the teaching of diabetes to kids, and was featured on clothing and other merchandise throughout the U.S.

 

Publications

Understanding Enterprise SOA
Manning Publications, 2005 (with co-author Hugh Taylor)

Understanding Enterprise SOA gives technologists and business people an invaluable and until now missing integrated picture of the issues and their interdependencies. You will learn service offering and how to think about technology differently, moving confidently between technology- and business-level concerns. The book draws conclusions from actual experiences of real companies in diverse industries, from manufacturing to genome research. It cuts through vendor hype and shows you what it really takes to get SOA to work.

The Enterprise Industrial Complex
March 2012, Forbes Magazine

Much like the Military Industrial Complex that grew to dominate the government culture in the Cold War, a powerful self-sustaining alliance of enterprise buyers and vendors became a suffocating fact-of-life in recent decades. This model has become an anchor around the neck of companies seeking to innovate, survive and thrive past the global economic downturn. The disruptive nature of cloud computing and the associated transition to a new operating model, will topple the current world order and pave the way to dramatically more efficient future.

 

Resume

Experience
May, 2015

Stemulis

Chief Executive Officer

XPRIZE

Innovation Board Member

Dec, 2013
Jan, 2010

Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council

Founder/Executive Director

ServiceMesh, Inc.

Co-founder

Jul, 2008
Jan, 2007

Desktone, Inc.

Media Platform, Inc.

Present Co-Founder/Director

Jan, 2007
Jan, 2003

Young Presidents’ Organization

Malibu Chapter, Officer

Akana (formerly SOA Software)

Founder (former CEO & Chairman)

Jan, 2001
May, 1998

US Interactive, Inc.

Co-Founder/Chairman

Digital Evolution

Founder

May, 1994
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