There is something intensely interesting about an entrepreneur who comes up through the cracks of a crowded industry in order to become something of an industry namesake. Eric Pulier may not quite be a household name, like many other tech titans, but he has done more than enough to warrant some careful and precise consideration as to how he got to where he is today. For entrepreneurs there can be no better person to model a growing career after. Let’s dig into Pulier’s ascent into the industry and see just what brought him his success.
Knowing what you want to do at a young age is almost pivotal in terms of growing into your chosen career. Pulier was only in 4th grade when he knew that he wanted to work with and work around technology. In fourth grade Pulier was already developing his own computer programming abilities in school. By the time that Eric Pulier would go on to graduate from high school he would be even better off — he’d be running his own computer database company. Pulier’s success started at a young age but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Pulier’s education would continue to Harvard where he would work as a newspaper editor (The Harvard Crimson) while developing the structure that would bring him success.
Jumping ship to Los Angeles after graduation was a big move, especially for someone from New Jersey, but it was the right move. Pulier immediately became a game changer with his first company: “People Doing Things’. Despite the not so conventional name we would quickly see Pulier take some acclaim for himself. He worked first in the medical and educational technology field before moving up to become a venture capitalist. Since his start in 1991 we have seen Pulier found or fund 15 different companies, raising millions of dollars along the way.
What makes Pulier’s story so interesting is that he has never stopped pushing and grinding through the industry. While Pulier has no doubt experienced setbacks, he has never let a single one define him. That is why Pulier is experiencing so much success across the board.