From Curiosity to Purpose: Revolutionizing Higher Education with David Hurwitt

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“Too many of us get into the how too quickly, but you want to stick to your why first.”

– David Hurwitt
Episode #154


In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring podcast episode as we delve deep into the mind of David Hurwitt, a visionary entrepreneur with a unique perspective on business and its role in society. David takes us through his experiences, sharing insights that have shaped his mission-driven approach to entrepreneurship.

David Hurwitt is the visionary Founder and CEO of Troove, a groundbreaking software company aimed at transforming the landscape of higher education admissions. Troove leverages the power of data science and machine learning to harness the predictive insights derived from the experiences of past college attendees. By matching this invaluable experience data with the values, abilities, priorities, and ambitions of prospective students, Troove revolutionizes the college selection process.

Throughout the episode, David’s insights and personal journey are an inspirational guide for anyone looking to bridge the gap between business success and meaningful impact. His belief that businesses can change the world and his practical steps make this podcast a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone seeking to make a difference. David’s story reminds us that when we start with a powerful ‘why,’ we can truly change the world, one purpose-driven business at a time.




David Hurwitt


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Get to know David Hurwitt:

Dave Hurwitt is an innovator. Over the course of his career, he’s led the development and launch of new products and services – from toothpicks to wind turbines – that have generated well over $1 billion in sales. If you have a large, front loading washing machine in your house, that was Dave and his team at Whirlpool. They re-envisioned the traditional, small European washer for the US market and took front loaders from 1% of the market to over 50% today, saving billions of dollars in electricity and water consumption in the process. Dave has lived and worked around the world, and is now based in Burlington Vermont with his wife and two Golden Retrievers. Their 3 “kids” have now graduated from college, but it was his experience with them on their college journeys that started his innovator’s brain cranking on what became Troove. Having worked in admissions through grad school, he was amazed by how little technology and the internet had impacted the college search and admissions process. And even more, he was dismayed to discover how often students were transferring or dropping out altogether. In early 2020, this led directly to his founding Troove, a 2-sided, AI powered platform to help students discover their passions, people, and place based on the real experiences of recent alumni and current higher education students. An accomplished photographer, lover of history, and avid traveler, Dave has made it to every state but Alaska (so far!) and some 50 different countries, camera always in hand. The same curiosity about people that shows up in his photography also shows up in the new products he creates – always with a focus on human interaction and how we can better blend the old and the new.


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