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Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, And George Soros

Few financial experts have had such an amazing impact on the lives of the people of the world as George Soros, who has become one of the world’s leading philanthropists after creating his own network of charitable groups, the Open Society Foundations. Initially, Soros was focused on aiding those stranded in Cold War Eastern Bloc countries and Apartheid South Africa who faced a loss of their rights including the right to an education; the Open Society Foundations reports George Soros often focused his work on the development of educational opportunities for young African men living under the4 restrictive racial policies of Apartheid before extending his work across the globe. Much of the more than $13 billion in funding the man Forbes rates as the 21st richest person in the world has provided has gone to providing educational opportunities, such as the establishment of the University of Central Europe that is dedicated to advancing the cause of critical thinking across the former Soviet nations. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.

As the work of the Open Society Foundations has advanced over the years, George Soros has looked to extend his work to areas of social justice within the U.S., Africa, and Asia. George Soros remains one of the world’s leading investment specialists and seeks to develop his own Soros Fund Management brand even as he remains an active figure within the philanthropic world. One of the claims often made about George Soros is his backing of the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement, in fact, George Soros has been funding many of the groups that are involved in the movement for a number of years as the need to create a fairer social justice system has become a major part of the work of the Open Society Foundations. The Washington Times reports Soros and the open Society Foundations have provided annual funding of around $33 million to a range of groups and civil rights organizations involved in both “#BlackLivesMatter” and the Ferguson protests.

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Turning a local shooting by a law enforcement officer into a major international news story involved the use of a George Soros-funded Website, “Colorlines”, that included bringing journalists, activists, and community organizers into the Ferguson, Missouri area from across the U.S. The fact George Soros-funded groups played a major role in the development of the Ferguson protests into a global news phenomenon says more about the diverse groups backed by the Open Society Foundations than it does about Soros jumping on the latest trend in civil rights. Instead, George Soros has continued to work in a way that allows him to provide funding for charitable groups backing the Holocaust survivors bid to bring about police reform and social justice changes for the people of the U.S. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com

A Glance at Eric Pulier from Bottom Up

Eric Pulier is the founder of vAtomic Systems, a nascent tech company that uses gaming technology to develop products that can impact the real world. Eric Pulier’s life with computers traces back to fourth grade when he started writing computer codes. He even created a database management company before completing high school. After graduating with a magna cum laude from Harvard University, he began building companies that offered technological solutions to various industries.

His first company was People Doing Things which focused on providing innovative tech solutions to education and health sectors. In 1994, M. Pulier founded an interactive agency called Digital Evolution. He later merged the company in 1998 with US Interactive LLC. Some of his most successful startups are XPrize and Akana. Xprize aimed at helping determined needy persons achieve their dreams and rewarding them when they do. Akana was an SOA program that led the market in the 2000s before he sold it to Rogue Wave Software.

In addition to creating more than 15 successful startups, Eric Pulier has made immense contributions to other software organizations. He headed the development of the virtual desktop, Desktone. The program became the foundation of virtual machine program, VMware, and the cloud computing platform ServiceMesh. He went on to take part in the formation of the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council.

Eric Pulier’s expertise has been employed by the government too. He worked as the director of the Presidential Technology Exhibition in 1997 as part of the State Of The Union. He partnered as well with multimedia producers and healthcare providers to bring Starbright, a private social media network, to children’s hospitals. Starbright platform aimed at helping children with chronic illness to connect to each other. Pulier created the program together with three other technocrats.

The creation of Xprize and Starbright are some of Mr. Pulier’s many ways of reaching out to the less fortunate in the society. Starbright was part of his philanthropic work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to create awareness on multiple sclerosis. Mr. Eric Pulier has dedicated his time and money to supporting and organizing summer camps for children with medical needs.