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Jan. 31, 2013 9:30 am

Vince Talbert on EdTech investing: ‘I want every kid to feel like they have a very clear path to their happiness’ [VIDEO]

Vince Talbert, right, at Tuesday evening’s Startup Grind. Vince Talbert — vice president of merchant marketing at PayPal and co-founder of online payment platform Bill Me Later, which was acquired by eBay in 2008 — is now spending more time among Baltimore techies within this city’s startup scene. He’s investing and popping up at events, like September’s Startup Weekend. […]

Vince Talbert, right, at Tuesday evening’s Startup Grind.

Vince Talbert — vice president of merchant marketing at PayPal and co-founder of online payment platform Bill Me Later, which was acquired by eBay in 2008 — is now spending more time among Baltimore techies within this city’s startup scene. He’s investing and popping up at events, like September’s Startup Weekend.

At Startup Grind on Tuesday evening, he explained part of his motivation for doing so: “I’m willing to lose a little money to build the ecosystem.”

Part of Talbert’s attention is on investing in education technology companies. For Talbert, the motivation for doing so is informed by personal experience. He was a “screw-up” student during college at Towson until several professors took an interest in his academic and professional career.

“I want to give every kid the same chance that those professors gave me,” he told the crowd at Startup Grind.

Hence, making investments in education technology startups in the Baltimore area. “I want every kid to feel like they have a very clear path to their happiness and prosperity,” Talbert said.

Watch Talbert talk more about EdTech investing during Tuesday’s Startup Grind:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWNb95FEUeM&w=550&h=309]

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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