Xprize is a foundation that is working to change the future by harnessing ideas put forth by new, young innovators. Heading up the leaders of Xprize are notable individuals like Ariana Huffington, James Cameron, and also Eric Pulier, a man who’s built a lot of IT companies over the years and has helped foster programs for young people. Pulier has been doing this work both in for-profit and non-profit capacities, and he’s helped build some fun social activities for young children who’ve battled illnesses, such as his Starbright World and the Painted Turtle summer camp. But Pulier has done so much more.
Pulier first started becoming interested in computer technology when he was still in middle school, and developed his first computer program when he was only in high school. Pulier also loved to write, and he went to Harvard and studied American and English literature, while at the same time authoring a column in the Harvard Crimson, and taking other classes at MIT. But he went straight into the IT world upon graduating Harvard, and moved to Los Angeles where he first got involved with People Doing Things (PDT), a company that used technology to tackle various social problems.
The first major company he founded was Digital Evolution in 1994, an interactive media software company that changed its name to US Interactive, LLC later on. But he founded several other companies whose products made their way over to cloud computing, and those include Media Platform, Akana, Desktone, and ServiceMesh, which is now owned by the Computer Sciences Corporation.
In addition to the companies he’s founded, he’s been a long time friend of former president Bill Clinton, and serves on Clinton’s Global Initiative. He’s also spoken at some of Al Gore’s Vice Presidential Forums, and was the designer of the Presidential Technology Exhibition’s Bridge to the 21st Century.