When you’re Eric Pulier, you think big. He is a driven philanthropist, author, and entrepreneur. He’s founded more than fifteen companies and has committed his finances to ventures he either founded or co-founded. He holds more than 15 patents, nearly all in cloud computing innovations.
What sets Eric Pulier apart from others in his same field is his singular focus on the goal at hand. His career to date has been varied, but his discipline and drive has remained the same. Pulier graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1988, where he contributed a number of editorials to the Crimson.
One of Pulier’s biggest contributions to the startup world is the XPrize, an innovation engine that both funds and fosters entrepreneurial growth. The XPrize is more than a funding source for big ideas. One future XPrize currently in development
specifically challenges competitors to develop an advanced diagnostic tool for Lyme disease.
In the early 2000s, Pulier created the SOA software program. SOA stands for “Service-Oriented Architecture,” and is critical for building a network of applications that communicate with and rely on each other.
In 2005, he coauthored “Understanding Enterprise SOA” with Hugh Taylor, President of Taylor Communications. The guide enables business people to understand the crucial underlying correlations between technologies and business. This knowledge helps them think smarter, faster, and more creatively.
In 2012, Pulier wrote about what he termed the Enterprise Industrial Complex, or the rise of technologists focusing on complexity for complexity’s sake and the dangers of business-end users being left out in the cold.
“To bridge the divide,” Pulier writes, “[B]usiness unit end users must be empowered with automated, self-service access to needed IT resources so they can have the agility and flexibility to succeed in their core missions.”
Pulier has invested in startups at the seed level, focusing on the media and technology sectors. He currently works in developing cloud computing technologies. He is an active philanthropist and serves on the board of The Painted Turtle, a summer camp where children with chronic illnesses can build self-confidence and independence. He serves as the VP of cloud operations for the camp.