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Twitter Round Up, April 8: Obama’s medicare pick, Kiva co-founder’s new venture and more

   /   Apr 8th, 2010News

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from last week:

When one of the co-founders of microlender Kiva talks about her new startup, it’s worth listening. Jessica Jackley (@jessicajackley)’s new project, ProFounder, is a crowdfunding platform for U.S.-based entrepreneurs – something like a business-focused Kickstarter. If you’ve got computer skills and leadership experience, this job might be for you. (Check out Dowser’s recent interview with Kiva’s other co-founder, Matt Flannery.)

Tom Dawkins (@tomjd), the Social Media Director at global social entrepreneurship association Ashoka, expressed disappointment at missing this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta, which starts today, April 8. Even though he won’t be at NTEN to hear talks by the likes of Andrew Sullivan and Suzanne Seggerman, Tom seems to have enjoyed other “cool people and important conversations” at this past Tuesday’s Ashoka Future Forum, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The folks at Purpose Prize were pleased with Obama’s choice of Donald Berwick to head Medicare and Medicaid. It’s no wonder—Berwick, Founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, won the Purpose Prize for teaching hospitals how to reduce 100,000 unnecessary deaths in his Encore Career. Director Alexandra Kent sent this tweet yesterday during Ashoka’s monthly Twitter chat about social entrepreneurship.

Kushal Chakrabarti (@kushalc), Co-Founder and CEO of Vittana, can’t believe how quickly his organization’s student loans have been funded. As Dowser recently reported, Vittana provides an online platform to lend money to individual students in the developing world. Since Vittana’s launch last May, donors have provided $150,000 in loans. But $55,000 have come in the past month alone. That’s a big upward tilt.

Robin Chase (@rmchase), Founder of carsharing service Zipcar and ridesharing platform GoLoco, passes along a tweet’s worth of wisdom for innovators.

Did we miss anything extraordinary? Let us know. Tell us what tweets should be in our next Twitter Round Up at @DowserDotOrg.

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