Thiago Olson

Thiago Olson
Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Areas of Expertise: 
Internet of Things, mobile payment, engineering program management and venture capital
“Smart homes and other consumer-facing connected products are great as they show some of the immediate utility (or sometimes the questionable utility) of the current state of IoT. While we are still in the early stages of adoption, the industrial sector is poised to go through fundamental changes that parallel the Industrial Revolution over the next decade.”

Thiago is an accomplished IoT and FinTech entrepreneur, advisor, and investor. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at Georgia Tech.

As a thought leader in IoT and mobile payment spaces and public speaker, Thiago has regularly appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC News. Prior to joining ATDC, Thiago served as the CEO and co-founder of Stratos Technologies, a connected card platform that allows consumers to carry just one payment card that stores all their credit, debit, and gift card information. Founded in 2012, Stratos raised more than $10 million in institutional capital funding to develop and commercialize the Stratos connected card. Investors included Hyde Park Venture Partners, Resonant Venture Partners, Toba Capital, and Western Technology Investment. Stratos was later acquired in 2015.

Thiago has served in various roles in Venture, Think Tank and Engineering Program Management at the U.S. Department of Defense, including with the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, 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 built a fusion reactor in his home in Rochester, Michigan.