Eric Pulier, a programming wizard who got his start at the tender age of nine, is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author living in Los Angeles, California with his four children. He is a Class of 1988, magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where he was the editor of The Crimson Tide, Harvard’s student-run paper. During his time at Harvard, he also took classes at neighboring MIT. His major was American literature and English.
Best known for his philanthropy and venture capital investments, Mr. Puller has founded, or funded, ventures such as US Interactive, Akana, ServiceMesh, and Digital Evolution. He also sits on the board of the Painted Turtle, which is a summer camp for terminal and chronically-ill children. These children are also aided by a service that Mr. Puller pioneered, Starbright World, which is a private social network for chronically-ill children where they can share their experience with other children such as themselves through chats and blog posts.
During Bill Clinton and Al Gore’s 2nd Inauguration, Eric Pulier arranged a then unprecedented showcase which was a live feed from the Space Shuttle, which included real-time interactions with the astronauts aboard. Mr. Puller worked on several other projects with Mr. Gore involving health care and technology.
Mr. Puller’s most recent philanthropy efforts are focused on the “Campaign for Free College Tuition” and the XPRIZE foundation, which focuses on “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity” and had board members such as Elon Musk and James Cameron. A notable XPRIZE award was the Ansari X Prize in 2004, which focused on spacecraft development.
Pulier’s most recent publications include Understanding Enterprise SOA from Manning Publications and articles in Forbes magazine.