[PROFILE] Searchlight: Shauntel Paulson (Tech / Venture Capital)
Pioneering Investments in the Future of Education Technology
Title/Position: Co-Founder/General Partner, Reach Capital
Shauntel has been an active investor in the education technology field. She is one of the Co-Founders and General Partners at Reach Capital, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on the education technology investments.
How did you get into the world of technology and / or finance?
Growing up I thoroughly enjoyed all of my math and science classes. My high school chemistry teacher inspired and encouraged me to pursue chemical engineering and I decided to follow her guidance and attend MIT.
I began my career at Procter and Gamble where I designed and developed laundry products. I have always been passionate about education so I also volunteered for an afterschool program for underserved high school students. It was while working with these students that I witnessed first hand inequity in our public education system. I decided to pursue my MBA/MA Education at Stanford to facilitate a career change to education.
Because of my technical background, I found myself drawn to identifying ways technology could be used as a lever for change in education. I was fortunate to land a role investing in early stage education technology at NewSchools Venture Fund and get a macro-level view of the industry. We recently spun out the edtech investing work to Reach Capital, where I focus on providing startup capital and support to startups focused on issues of access and opportunity in education.