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Eric Pulier is always thinking ahead of his time and latching onto new concepts even before most corporate leaders are planning to bring them into their companies. Pulier is the founder of several companies including Digital Evolution, ServiceMesh and the Cloud Enterprise Leadership Council now known as TM Forum. He’s been working hard on a new company known as vAtomic Systems which studies gaming technologies closely and looks at how to turn them into profitable solutions for startups. He’s also a seed investor who gives tech entrepreneurs opportunities to get their business structured. Pulier hasn’t been without setbacks as he once told Ideamensch that one time he sold a company to another big company that he had hoped would become their biggest sales product, yet in a short time it was phased out. But despite that disappointment, it led Pulier to becoming a seed investor and succeeding where he is today.
Eric Pulier’s technology development aspirations began all the way back in his hometown of Teaneck, NJ where he learned how to program computers in elementary school. He was already building database systems in high school while also becoming a good writer and achieving academic excellence. He pursued both literary studies and computer programming while attending both Harvard and MIT in the 1980s, and then he went into computer science completely upon moving out to Los Angeles with some of his friends. He made many connections while there and formed People Doing Things which morphed into Digital Evolution, the first big digital media company he owned. From there he formed mergers with US Interactive and later the Computer Sciences Corporation.
While building his companies and having cloud technologies developed, Pulier also worked with many non-profit groups as well as the government. He’s been part of the Clinton Global Initiative and at one time was even selected by the former president to host a display of future technologies during Washington D.C.’s 1997 Presidential Inauguration festivities. Pulier also joined a committee of entrepreneurs and major media conglomerates to startup Starbright World, a network of virtual reality and video chat communications that was brought to children’s hospitals in 1998 that became a big hit with the young patients. Pulier later came to the Board of Innovation at XPrize, a acompetition that awards thousands of dollars to young entrepreneurs who can find solutions to today’s scientific challenges. He’s also an advisor to the Painted Turtle Camp.