Jeff Pulver grew up in Kings Point, New York, and was graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1980. While working at a Long Island accounting firm, Pulver founded Spreadsheet Solutions Corp. to market add-ins for Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel.
He became interested in Internet telephony in 1995, when he was as a systems administrator at Cantor Fitzgerald. Pulver was co-founder and minority shareholder inVonage, a VoIP provider based in Edison, New Jersey. Pulver invented the CellSocket, a device to make and receive cellular voice calls via a standard phone, and was listed as a BusinessWeek Tech Guru in 2003. Pulver is the chief writer of what is referred to as the Pulver Order, which was adopted in 2004 by the Federal Communications Commission as the first FCC ruling regarding Internet Protocol (IP) communications. The order ruled that computer-to-computer VoIP is not atelecommunications service. He coined the term purple minutes to describe value-added IP network traffic. Considered one of the leading experts in the field of streaming audio and video technologies, Pulver has been called a pioneer in VoIP telephony. He was profiled in 2006 by The Wall Street Journal, discussing his visions about both voice and video communications via the Internet. He has also been named as “a leading thought-leader on the Real-Time Web”, and refers to himself as “a habitual entrepreneur who likes to start Internet communications companies.”
Pulver organizes a conference series focusing on Twitter activities and strategy called 140 Characters Conference that is held in various locations around the world. He is also an investor in startup companies. Pulver resides in Great Neck, New York, and has twin sons Dylan and Jake. He also spent time in Remsenburg, New York.