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The Many Hats of Eric Pulier

Eric Pulier wears many hats. He is an entrepreneur, technologist, author, columnist, speaker, philanthropist, and founder of more than 15 companies. He either founded, co-founded, or funded successful companies such as Digital Evolution, U.S. Interactive, Media Platform, Akana, Desktone, ServiceMesh, and Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council. He has also invested in organizations such as Trident Capital, eCompanies, and Monitor Venture. Eric Pulier is obviously a very busy businessman, but he has time to be a devoted father to his four children.

He and his children reside in Los Angeles, California. His life is very good both personally and professionally. It has been quite a climb for him from his humble beginnings as a young man growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey. It was during his elementary years here that he became fascinated with computing and started his first company in high school. It was a database computer company and would only be the beginning for Pulier. He began his further education at Harvard University in 1984, graduating magna cum laude in 1988.

In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and founded People Do Things and three years later Digital Evolution. Then in 1995, he took the role of Chairman and CEO of SOA Software. And his hand in company founding and investing kept on building from that point on. He also owns a restaurant and night club in Santa Monica, California. He has even had a hand in assisting the government. In 1997, the Presidential Inaugural Committee appointed him to create the Presidential Technology Exhibition, which was called “The Bridge to the 21st Century.”

He has also advised Vice President Al Gore during the health care and technology forum. Since 2005, he has served as Secretary and CTO of the Santa Monica Media Corporation. As mentioned, he has also become an author after co-authoring Understanding Enterprise SOA, a now very respected book on service-oriented architecture. Pulier is also a very generous donor to a number of non-profit organizations. His two biggest charitable initiatives are X-Prize Foundation and The Painted Turtle. Pulier is today, so respected in the business industry that he is considered one of the greatest pioneers of the software and digital industry initiatives in history.

Freedom Pop’s Sign-Up Plan

FreedomPop has another unique way of gaining more customers to their mobile services. The company was founded in 2011 and offers sim cards with completely free basic services. FreedomPop makes money by up selling more services to those who find that the basic services are not enough. Now they are planning on offering WhatsApp to their customers regardless of the remaining amount of data on their FreedomPop plans. This is their new way of enticing new customers to their mobile services. The new FreedomPop incentive will be offered in Spain within the next few months.

Offering free services with mobile carriers has had a fair amount of controversy, however. Many countries have banned carriers from offering certain apps and programs free over others. The reason is net neutrality, which is the belief that all websites and applications should be given the same access as others. Some European countries allow the practice, and Spain is one of them. Therefore, FreedomPop is offering WhatsApp services to their customers for free starting very soon.

WhatsApp has partnered with other services before, but FreedomPop is doing something different. The carrier has not officially partnered with WhatsApp at all. They are offering the service because their customers want it and FreedomPop is hoping that their customers will come and spend money on more than just the free basic services. With free basic services, free roaming, and free access to WhatsApp, the company is hoping to make waves in Spain’s mobile services market.

While the service will at first be limited to Spain, FreedomPop is looking at ways to introduce similar services in different countries. Since WhatsApp is popular in a lot of different markets around the world, it is a great avenue for FreedomPop to start growing their company.

Summary via Venture Beat.

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