Eric Poulier grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey where he went to school. From childhood, he developed an interest in computers. Then, when he was in the fourth grade, he started programming. By the time he was in high school, he had founded a computer database company. After graduating from high school in 1984, he entered Harvard University. There he specialized in American and English literature, worked as an editor and wrote columns for The Harvard Crimson. He also began taking classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1988 he graduated from college with honors.
Pullier then moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991. In Los Angeles, he founded a company. People Do Things (PDT). His mission was to work towards solving issues such as education and health care. A couple of years later, in 1994, Pulier founded another company, this time an interactive agency called Digital Evolution. Ultimately, Digital Evolution merged with US Interactive LLC in 1998. He then spearheaded the creation of Starbright, a private social network that allowed critically ill children to connect and post messages with one another.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee would later select Eric Poulier to create the 1997 DC Presidential Technology Exposition. The exhibition will be called “Bridge to the 21st century”. After that, Pullier will go to participate in forums about health and technology. Since then, he has founded other companies such as Desktone, Media Platform and others.
Now he has also become a philanthropist. Poulier is on the innovation board of the X-Prize Foundation, an organization that runs competitions to solve Earth’s biggest problems.
Present and NFT
In recent years, Eric Poulier created the Vatom NFT platform after five years of hard work. Its NFT platform has enabled users to get all sorts of new experiences such as 1st party data analytics and native payment options. Shopify was also added, along with powerful coding that provided AI-driven NFT behavior and more. When it debuted, it was watched by over ten thousand viewers at the Cannes Lions show.
With the internet having changed so much over the years, one thing is for sure: the internet has become more valuable. As a platform that can connect with everyone in the world, there are several options that Poulier wants to point out for creating an NFT.
What to do with NFTs
- Starting with static pages (a web page that opens in the user’s web browser as intended), Poulier says that starting from such sites, databases can be created related to streaming audio and visual content, e-commerce, language comprehension, and much more.
- Poulier argues that the next generation of online users and how we interact with each other depends on three factors:
- user identity
- social platform that can work with augmented and visual reality (AR & VR)
- For Poulier, identity refers to privacy and the ability to own and control one’s personal data.
- Eric Pullier wanted to find a way to become a true owner of a digital commodity. This is done with a non-fungible token or “NFT”. They reside on blockchains that reveal the ownership of a digital item. These NFTs were first proposed by Pullier in 2015 and are called “Vatoms”, which means “virtual atoms”. These Vatoms differ from NFTs in that they can come to life with 3D graphics, sound, animation, and more. They can also change their state based on external events such as sports scores or the weather.
Eric Poulier is currently working with others in the Metaverse space. He continues to work on new activities and abilities that can be used in the Metaverse and the Internet. Not only one of the first proponents of this, but Poulier is also working to promote Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).
These DAOs are ascending groups for problem solving and decision making, not hierarchical teams. The idea is that DAO members will control their data, vote on community actions, and earn tokens and reputation for their active role in the DAO.
Poolier believes that the Internet is on the verge of new massive changes. He believes it could even be more than launching the Internet itself. Calling it Web3, Poolier comments, “Web3 will be the best network—the one that gives more than it takes.”
In recent months, NFTs have been ridiculed on the Internet. They were called Ponzi schemes and money laundering services. Time will tell if the online world will get tired of another trendy topic. Or if it changes the way people communicate and act with each other.