What’s Better: Save the World, or Build Another Facebook APP*

TechCrunch is a great source of information regarding the latest news in the area of technology. From their website: “… a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, we profile existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space.”

A recent article impressed me with how sensitive the founders are to social entrepreneurship. If you read nothing else this semester, read the article: What’s Better: Saving the World or building another Facebook App?

Briefly, 32 teams comprised of some of the brightest minds in the world (at least attending a student competition at Berkeley University) were involved in a 2 day competition building applications for the internet. Only one team designed a product under the “social good” category. The judges didn’t think the product was worthy enough for recognition, not because it wasn’t, but because the judges didn’t understand social entrepreneurship.

The author of the article, who was one of the judges, asked: “What if we challenged these students and Silicon Valley to build businesses that do good for the planet and make a healthy profit doing so?”

Some universities are asking the same question, especially since doing good for the planet and also making a healthy profit can be done. The answer lies in helping the students understand the needs of the world and by challenging them to build a better future.

* TechCrunch Article by Vivek Wadhwa

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