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Founders of Twitter, Path, Digg, and TaskRabbit heading to MIT

Posted by Scott Kirsner  September 18, 2012 12:22 PM

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Two events in September and October will bring a high-profile cast of West Coast entrepreneurs to Cambridge.

The first, this coming Monday, features Jack Dorsey, a co-founder and chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square, a San Francisco mobile payments company that just raised $200 million in funding. (The company has raised $341 million in total, from investors like Starbucks and Citi Ventures.) Dorsey's talk Monday evening at the Stata Center is for MIT students only basically, a recruiting event though he'll also be holding court with local media.

The second event, Startup Bootcamp, is free and open to anyone, on October 8th at Kresge Auditorium. In addition to local lights like Crashlytics co-founder Jeff Seibert and Paula Long of DataGravity, the speaker roster includes Dave Morin, founder of the mobile social network Path; Digg and Milk founder Kevin Rose; and Leah Busque, above, the founder of TaskRabbit, a micro-labor startup that was born in Cambridge, but is now headquartered in San Francisco.

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