Thiago Olson is an accomplished physicist, entrepreneur, early-stage technology investor and is the Managing Director of Engage Ventures. Thiago is also a Venture Partner at Tech Square Ventures.
Thiago has a background of branding and launching products in both consumer technology and financial Business-to-Business industries. He is a frequent speaker on payments and IoT and has regularly appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC News.
Prior to Engage, Thiago served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center, one of the first technology incubators in the country, and was also the CEO and co-founder of Stratos Technologies, a connected hardware and mobile payment platform. Stratos raised more than $10 million in funding from investors including Hyde Park Venture Partners, Resonant Venture Partners, Toba Capital, and Western Technology Investment and was later acquired in 2015.
Thiago has also served in various roles in Venture, Think Tank and Engineering Program Management at the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and the Sandia National Laboratories. Thiago also worked overseas in research capacities at the Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
A resident of Atlanta, Thiago holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Vanderbilt University. He also was a fellow in the National Fellowship Program in Plasma Physics and Fusion Energy Sciences at Princeton University.
Thiago came into the national spotlight as a teen for his research in plasma physics; successfully building a fusion reactor in his home in Rochester, Michigan.