Eric Pulier: The importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community
Serial entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and family man Eric Pulier joins Enterprise Radio to discuss the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the community.
- What advice do you have for an entrepreneur who is in the beginning stages of starting a business?
- Being a seasoned serial entrepreneur, how do you come up with ideas for your businesses? Do you prefer to invent the wheel or re-invent the wheel?
- How important is philanthropy and giving back to the community to you? Do you think it has helped or hindered you along the way? At what point in your career were you successful enough that you made philanthropy a priority?
- Was there one life experience that shaped your intent to make significant contributions to the technology industry?
- Being successful at anything takes time and dedication, I’m sure you’ll agree. Do you have advice for the listener on how to manage a work-life balance while still following a path to success?
Entrepreneur, technologist, published author, columnist, public speaker, philanthropist, and founder of over fifteen companies, Eric 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: most recently, 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. Most notable VC’s include: Trident Capital, eCompanies and Monitor Ventures, among others. 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.
Pulier went to Harvard University to attain his BA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1988. He was the author of PulierLeg, a weekly column he wrote for the Harvard Crimson Weekly, of which he was also an editor.
In 1996, Eric 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, and Bill Clinton and Al Gore as well.
Eric 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.