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Mobile Restaurant Bill-Pay Application To Launch In Baltimore

Full Society, a bill pay tech start-up, is one of six companies in the Accelerate Baltimore 2015 program. Paige Cantlin is the CEO and founder of Full Society, a mobile restaurant bill-pay app, that enables users to instantly pay, split, tip, and give back to society without ever waiting for a check. The application is expected to launch later this year.

(Photo Courtesy of Paige Cantlin)

Cantlin has a B.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University and expects to have her masters in finance also from Hopkins in 2016. She is also a Certified Financial Planner currently working at Brown Advisory.

What inspired you to start Full Society?

"What really inspired me is the hunger problem facing our city and the rest of our country. It seems inconsistent with the billions of dollars spent going out to eat every year. Full Society's technology was a solution. Because we focus in on the restaurant industry, the opportunity to build something that saves time and creates a more seamless process seemed larger and more meaningful than just a better bill-pay experience for restaurants."

How does your educational background relate to your current role? 

"As the CEO and founder of a bill-pay tech startup, we are not only in the technology industry, but also in the financial services industry. Having a great idea is one thing but being able to execute it to be profitable requires the ability to solve financial puzzles. My background and education in finance have helped us make great strides in our business."

How has your education helped to further your career and contributed to your success?

"Certainly having a college degree from Hopkins has opened a lot of doors, especially now when trying to build something from scratch. Graduate school has allowed me to research this industry, present and test our concepts in class. I'm not sure I would have had the information or guidance to bring our start-up to where it is today without the graduate school input."

What is some advice you can offer others who want to become tech entrepreneurs?

"Learn everything you can possibly learn about it first. Then, find people you trust who are far smarter than you. You can't do it by yourself."

Susan Brown originally spent many years in banking/finance before confronting her addictions. She has now been in recovery for 20 years.
Primary interests include metaphysics and energy healing in which she has several certifications. She has written for since 2009 and also writes for Om Times. Sue lives in Baltimore.

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