Blake Patton, Managing Partner Tech Square Ventures

Blake Patton
Managing Partner

Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures. He currently represents Tech Square Ventures on the boards of Pointivo (Chairman) and PreTel Health (Chairman), as a board observer of Haste, and is the Managing General Partner of Engage. He was previously a board director or observer of Cypress.io (Chairman), Sequr (sold to Genea), UserIQ, and Salesfusion (sold to SugarCRM). Under his leadership, the firm has invested in 47 early-stage ventures.

Prior to founding Tech Square Ventures, Blake was General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech – named by Forbes as one of the “Top 12 Incubators Changing the World”. Prior to leading ATDC, he served as President & COO of Interactive Advisory Software and EVP of iXL, an internet services company that he joined through the acquisition of Swan Media and was part of the executive team that grew the company from startup to over $300 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the boards of Engage, the Center for American Entrepreneurship (former Chairman), Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV) and High Tech Ministries. He also serves on the advisory boards of ATDC and Georgia Tech’s Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership. Blake is a former Chairman of Venture Atlanta, a Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustee, a Georgia Research Alliance Industry Fellow and a member of the selection committee for the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Fund.  Blake also teaches Entrepreneurial Finance at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.

Blake earned a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was captain of the swim team. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and previously served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board.



Daley Ervin, Engage Corporate Network Director at Tech Square Ventures

Daley Ervin
Engage Managing Director

Daley is a Managing Director of Engage where he leads corporate partner relationships and assists portfolio founders in partnership development, go-to-market refinement, and the issues surrounding high-growth and scale.

Daley has spent more than 10 years leading four venture capital-backed startups on three continents that raised a collective $4.6 billion. Most recently, he was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Amazon-backed Nucleus in New York. Prior to that, he was the General Manager and Head of North American Operations for Student.com, launched international offices for YPlan, and was part of the International Expansion Team at Airbnb.

As a competitive ultramarathoner and extreme endurance athlete, Ervin set the United States’ pairs record having rowed 3,000 miles over 45-days across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain to the Caribbean in the “World’s Toughest Rowing Race.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Arizona State University.



Joelle Fox, CFO & Operating Partner at Tech Square Ventures

Joelle Fox
CFO & Operating Partner

Joelle is CFO and Operating Partner at Tech Square Ventures where she manages fund administration and accounting, supports the investment process, and assists portfolio companies with financial and operating strategies.

Prior to joining Tech Square Ventures, Joelle served in roles including starting, growing and exiting high growth technology companies. After successfully selling Velocity Medical Solutions to Varian Medical Systems, she joined Varian to integrate Velocity’s team and systems into the publicly traded medical device and software company. Previously, Joelle served as SVP of Finance and Acquisitions at iXL, Inc. and was part of the PWC audit practice for eight years in Atlanta where she focused on technology, media, and consumer goods.

Joelle earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. She is actively involved with the LEAD2Legacy program, LOVE Atlanta, and the Flourish women’s mentoring program.



Scott Lopano, Principal at Tech Square Ventures

Scott Lopano
Principal

Scott is a Principal at Tech Square Ventures where he is responsible for sourcing new deals, deal execution, and supporting portfolio companies.

Since joining TSV as an Associate in 2017, Scott has led or supported diligence and execution on 39 new investments across the TSV and Engage funds focused on early-stage enterprise (B2B) and marketplace technology companies.

Previously, Scott worked at UBS Investment Bank in New York where he advised clients on capital structure and funding strategy, raising more than $26B in debt and preferred stock capital for clients over his tenure.

Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a concentration in Finance. He was a 4-year starter for the Penn Quaker Football Team during 3 Ivy League Championships. He currently holds the record for most punts and most punt yardage in the school’s history and maintains strong ties to Penn. Scott was ranked as a top 5 NFL-hopeful punter and was invited to Rookie Mini Camp with the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



Thiago Olson, Engage Program Director at Tech Square Ventures

Thiago Olson
Engage Managing Director

Thiago is a Managing Director of Engage where he is responsible for leading the Engage program for startups, sourcing, and supporting portfolio founders.

Previously, Thiago served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech. Prior to ATDC, he was 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.

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.


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