Blake Patton, Tech Square Ventures

Blake Patton
Managing Partner

Blake is the founder and Managing Partner of Tech Square Ventures. He represents Tech Square Ventures on the boards of Cypress.io (Chairman), Pointivo (Chairman), PreTel Health, Sequr, and UserIQ and is a board observer of Haste and Salesfusion. Blake also serves as Tech Square Venture’s fund manager for Engage, an innovative accelerator and venture fund in partnership with 10 leading corporations and Georgia Tech.

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 $400 million in annualized revenue and an IPO. Blake also founded Siteman – one of the first cloud offerings in the online content management space. He started his career as an Associate at SEI Corporation.

Blake is an active leader in the technology community, serving on the boards of Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV) and the Southern Capital Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of ATDC, Georgia Tech’s Cowan-Turner Center for Servant Leadership, and Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things (CDAIT). Blake is a former Chairman of Venture Atlanta, a Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustee, a Georgia Research Alliance Industry Fellow, a member of the selection committee for the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Fund, and a guest lecturer at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance.

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.



Scott Lopano
Associate

Scott joined Tech Square Ventures in 2017 as an Associate. He supports all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, evaluating, and conducting due diligence on companies that meet our investment criteria, as well as monitoring and assisting portfolio companies.

Scott joined Tech Square Ventures after spending 4 years in the investment banking division of UBS in Manhattan. As the Associate Director and Lead Coverage Officer for the Insurance Debt Capital Markets Group, he advised on strategies for achieving the most efficient capital structure and ultimately executing debt and preferred stock capital raises for clients.

Scott graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a concentration in Finance. He was a 4-year starter on the Penn Quaker Football Team, serving as punter, holder, and kicker for 3 Outright Ivy League Championship teams. He currently holds the record for most punts and most punt yardage in the school’s history and maintains strong ties to Penn.



Thiago Olson
Engage Managing Director

Thiago is the Managing Director of Engage and a Venture Partner at Tech Square Ventures.

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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