What We Do

Strategy of Things is an innovation catalyst that turns the Internet of Things into the Innovation of Things. We take you from idea to launch through an integrated set of services – innovation lab, research foresights, advisory and acceleration. We give you the results that matter. Consistently. Faster. Smarter. With Less Risk.


Who We Are

Benson Chan, Senior Partner, has over 25 years of scaling innovative businesses and bringing innovations to market for Fortune 500 and start-up companies. With deep experience in strategy, business development, marketing, product management, engineering and operations management, Benson uses a systems approach to consistently deliver results that matter for clients. He is a recognized domain expert and thought leader in networking, cloud, enterprise IT, Internet of Things (IoT), innovation management, business model innovation, and go-to-market. Benson has held project, management and executive positions in innovation-driven organizations, including NASA, Hughes Aircraft Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cisco and Pakedge.

Benson holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a MS in Engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Renil Paramel, Senior Partner, has over 20 years of management consulting experience on solving complex and strategic problems. With deep experience in Internet of Things (IoT) and technology strategy, portfolio management and strategic planning, M&A Technology Integration, and technology and risk assessment, Renil is a trusted strategic advisor to C-level executives across Fortune 500 and public agencies in technology, finance, healthcare, retail and public sector. His clients include HP, Agilent Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Visa, American Express, Wells Fargo, Allianz, Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies, TD Bank, Chevron, Macy’s, PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, Counties of San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Solano.

Renil was most recently a Vice President of Consulting at Gartner Consulting. Prior to that, he has consulted at Accenture and Deloitte. In addition, Renil has successfully setting up a software development business unit with P&L responsibilities, and co-founded a multimedia startup.

Renil holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh with focus on Marketing and Systems.

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Richard Paul, Senior Partner, has over 25 years of experience in developing and commercializing innovative technology for start-ups, SMB and Fortune 1000 companies across a variety of industries from enterprise technology, healthcare, aerospace and government. With over $200 million generated by launched products, Richard has a proven record in bringing disruptive technologies and business models to market. An innovation catalyst with extensive experience in strategy, go to market, product management, product-market opportunity fit, and technology due diligence, Richard advises C-level executives and managers on key strategic issues. Richard is also a strategic advisor to several Silicon Valley start-ups in IoT, cloud and enterprise software.

Richard is an executive and entrepreneur, having founded three companies and a consulting practice from start-up to exit. He has worked and partnered with Amazon, Google, NASA, Avid Technologies, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Raytheon, PricewaterhouseCoopers and and the Department of Defense.

Richard holds a BS in Business with a focus on Computer Science from Plymouth University, and an Executive Degree in Finance for Technology Executives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Connect with Richard on LinkedIn.