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This fintech startup thinks it can help companies build conscious business cultures

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[Fast Company] Intel introduced the corporate world to the concept of Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs, for measuring goals. Netflix ushered in unlimited vacation policies. Will Bolt, a seven-year-old fintech company, coax companies into adopting biweekly performance feedback and cultures that value writing over talking? San Francisco-based Bolt, which offers online retailers a one-click checkout experience, today is launching Conscious.org, a public website where startups and corporations can find Bolt’s internal company handbook as well as updates on the company’s culture and guest posts from leaders. The goal, says founder and CEO Ryan Breslow, is to help other businesses seeking to mirror Bolt’s culture, which marries so-called mindfulness principles with standards for performance and execution. “The reason we’re open sourcing this is because it is really hard to figure this stuff out,” says Breslow. “You can just find what you like, share it with your leadership team, and implement it.”

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Forbes Fintech 50: The Most Innovative Fintech Companies in 2021

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[Forbes] Many of the startups on Forbes’ sixth Fintech 50 list were big pandemic winners, as Americans sped up their migration to buying and banking online and some of those stuck at home jumped into online trading of stocks and crypto. To qualify for the Fintech 50, startups must have either headquarters or substantial operations in the U.S. and be private as of the date of publication.

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Meet the Northern California finalists

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[EY] Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Northern California finalists. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these unstoppable entrepreneurs during the virtual awards celebration.

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Bolt Helps Retailers Crack The Loyalty And Checkout Code

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[Forbes] Brands now have tools to solve this issue with a solution that e-commerce technology company Bolt just launched called Bolt SSO Commerce. The SSO in the name is short for “single sign-on” and the one-click checkout solution turns anonymous guest shoppers into logged-in brand account holders— enabling brands to gather the data insights they need to customize the shopping experience.

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Bolt Launches Bolt SSO Commerce™: Redefining the Login Layer for Commerce to End Guest Checkout

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[Press Release] Bolt, the leading checkout experience platform, today announced the launch of Bolt SSO Commerce™, the first single sign-on checkout experience that helps retailers engage directly with their customers by turning anonymous, guest shoppers into logged-in account holders whose insights and feedback brands can use to offer more personalized shopping experiences. Badgley Mischka is one of the leading global brands that will use Bolt SSO Commerce to drive an increase in store account creation and convert one-time guest shoppers into long-term, loyal customers.

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Bolt Financial Launches Single Store Account Creation and Payment for E-Commerce Merchants

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[Digital Transactions] Bolt is betting its single sign-on checkout application, Bolt SSO Commerce, will make it easier for e-commerce stores to steer shoppers away from using guest checkout. Instead, they can open an account while at the same time saving their payment credentials in one click at checkout.

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Why Badgley Mischka Turned to Single Sign-On Checkout

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[WWD] Apparel brands have struggled to optimize the e-commerce checkout experience and use it to generate a more loyal following, but one technology provider is hoping its latest solution helps brands eliminate both of these concerns.Checkout experience platform Bolt has launched Bolt SSO Commerce, a single sign-on checkout experience that is designed to turn anonymous guest shoppers into logged-in account holders.

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‘I don’t need headphones to focus’: A day in the life of Tina Fan, chief customer officer at Bolt

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[Tearsheet] No company can be successful without a proper customer success team at its core. Among the ups and downs of ecommerce revenue is Bolt, an up-and-coming fintech that provides one-click checkout solutions for ecommerce sites. And right in the middle of Bolt is Tina Fan, chief customer officer at the company. Fan leads the customer and revenue teams at Bolt with a focus on customer experience. She is a technology executive and customer enthusiast with expertise in selling and leading customer solutions, creating and mentoring high-performing teams, and growing a business.

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How An Innovative Tech Startup, Bolt, Is Helping Online Retailers Win In Ecommerce

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[Forbes] Bolt, an innovative fintech start-up, has created a unified ecosystem with its checkout experience platform. Bolt’s solution aims to simplify the online buying experience and eliminate some of the roadblocks that retailers face in growing and retaining their online customer base. To discuss how Bolt is going about this, I talked to Maju Kuruvilla, CTO of Bolt.

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Bolt’s Bold Plan To Transform E-Commerce With Network Effects Is Working

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[Forbes] Bottom Line: By helping independent online retailers standardize on their One Click Checkout process, Bolt creates a network effect across online retailers, leading to 250,000 new online customers joining every month. Given a choice, many online retailers want to stay independent of online marketplaces, including Amazon and retain their customer relationships.

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BORN Group Announces Bolt Integration within SFCC Accelerator

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[PR Wire] BORN Group (www.borngroup.com), an award-winning global agency that combines creative design, content production, and eCommerce services, is excited to announce the integration of leading payment solution, Bolt to their Salesforce Commerce Cloud Accelerator, Arctic Fox. ‘We are thrilled to announce the new integration of Bolt to our Arctic Fox accelerator and we look forward to bringing their best-of-breed payment solution to future customers globally,’ adds Minna Rhee, Managing Director.

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Payments Startup Bolt Hires Amazon Exec Maju Kuruvilla as CTO

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[The Org] E-commerce checkout startup Bolt has hired former Amazon exec Maju Kuruvilla as its first CTO. Kuruvilla most recently served as VP and GM of Global Mile, Amazon’s international shipping and logistics organization, where he helped lead its global fulfillment and logistics teams. Kuruvilla will lead the product and engineering teams for the rapidly growing startup, which is expected to double in size in 2021.

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One-click checkout startup Bolt hired Maju Kuruvilla, who helped lead Amazon's global fulfillment and logistics teams, to serve as its first CTO.

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[Business Insider] E-commerce checkout startup Bolt just hired its first CTO, former Amazon exec Maju Kuruvilla, who helped lead its global fulfillment and logistics teams. Bolt, which was launched in 2014, saw massive growth in 2020, doubling its users and signing a partnership with Authentic Brands Group, to retailers like Aéropostale, Forever 21, and Lucky Brand Jeans.

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Brain Drain To Brain Gain? Bolt Founder And Hometown Boy Ryan Breslow Is Checking Out Miaimi

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[Refresh Miami] Ryan Breslow is the founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Bolt, a fintech startup that recently ranking No. 22 in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and he’s one of them. He’s here for at least an extended stay and perhaps longer. Breslow attended public elementary and middle schools in South Florida and was a Michael M. Krop Senior High super-grad, where he was a 2012 Miami Herald Silver Knight and a winner in the Herald’s Business Plan Challenge contest, among many other honors. He also started several businesses while still in high school, including one helping businesses set up e-commerce sites, while also working at Publix.

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Bolt Raises $75M to Advance Its Online Checkout Platform, Expand Its Team

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[Built-in SF] On Monday, the company announced that it brought in $75 million in additional funds for its Series C-1. Back in July, the company got things started with $50 million. The latest round, co-led by General Atlantic and Westcap, brings the company’s total Series C earnings to $125 million.

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Bolt raises $75 million to fight ecommerce fraud with machine learning

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[VentureBeat] The checkout platform Bolt — not to be confused with the blockchain startup Bolt Labs, the hardware investor Bolt, or the ride-sharing firm formerly known as Taxify — today announced that it recently closed a $75 million funding round. The infusion comes after a year during which Bolt processed over $1 billion in retail transactions, saw a 10 times uptick in the size of its shopper network, and added more than 250,000 shoppers to its network every month.

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Bolt adds $75M to its Series C, as the battle to rule online checkout continues

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[TechCrunch] Bolt, a startup that offers online checkout technology to retailers, announced this morning that it has added $75 million to its Series C round, bringing the financing to a total of $125 million. WestCap and General Atlantic led the new tranche, which Bolt CEO Ryan Breslow told TechCrunch was raised at around twice its Series C valuation. PitchBook pegs the company’s Series C at a post-money valuation of $500 million, implying that the Series C1 values Bolt at around $1 billion. The company is calling the latest check its “Series C1.” Why not just call it a Series D? According to Breslow, Bolt’s future Series D will be much larger.

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Bolt Raises $75M Series C1 To Advance One-Click Online Buying

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[Crunchbase] Bolt, which is developing a one-click checkout experience platform, brought in $75 million in additional funds for its Series C to give it a total round of $135 million. San Francisco-based Bolt, founded in 2014, gives retailers and consumers more choice, control and flexibility over their transactions by managing the back-end of the checkout—presenting payment options, securely processing payments, and mitigating fraud—while providing a seamless front-end experience.

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Bolt’s $75M In Funding Will Help Online Retailers Improve E-Commerce Sales One Click At A Time

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[Forbes] Bottom Line: Bolt helps online retailers deliver a familiar and seamless one-click checkout so they can better compete with Amazon as online shopping reaches unprecedented rates. The company announced $75 million in new funding co-led by General Atlantic and WestCap, with support from existing investors at Activant Capital and Tribe Capital. Bolt also recently welcomed Bob Buch as Chief Business Officer to lead key aspects of the organization.

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Bolt Nets $75 Million In Funding Round For eCommerce Innovation

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[PYMNTS] Checkout platform Bolt has closed a funding round with $75 million, capping a year where it processed $1 billion in transactions, according to a report by Venture Beat. Bolt also saw a tenfold increase in the size of its shopper network, along with 250,000 added shoppers to its network per month. The round saw the company’s valuation hit over $215 million. The round was led by General Atlantic and WestCap, and existing investors Activant Capital and Tribe Capital also participated.

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As 2020 ends, new unicorn formation continues to impress

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[TechCrunch] This morning after contrasting a PitchBook-derived $500 million, post-money valuation for Bolt’s Series C that its CEO had said was roughly doubled in its Series C1, TechCrunch discovered that the online checkout software company likely landed a new valuation right around the unicorn mark. Bolt’s PR team declined to share a new valuation or grade our math, saying that its framing was “fine.”… Bolt’s round fits neatly into a number of trends that we’ve been watching: inside rounds being bullish not bearish in 2020, the fastest-growing companies raising two rounds this year and the incredible focus by venture investors into startups that were not merely surviving COVID-19, but benefiting from how it shook up the market. Image Credits: Nigel Sussman

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Bolt Raises $75M, Reinforcing its Position as the Best and Fastest Way to Checkout Online

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[Retail Dive] Bolt, the fastest, easiest, and most secure checkout platform, is announcing $75M in new funding, for a total of $215M raised to-date. This latest round is co-led by General Atlantic and WestCap, two leading growth equity firms, with participation from existing investors Activant Capital and Tribe Capital. Angel investors in Bolt include founders and retail executives at Allbirds, Athleta, Crocs, Jet.com, and REVOLVE, as well as technology executives from Venmo, PayPal, and Magento.

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Improving Security At Checkout Is Key To Growing ECommerce Sales

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[Forbes] 37% of online shoppers trust Amazon, E-Bay and Etsy to protect them from online fraud versus 5% trusting independent online retailers. False declines to online transactions lead 63% of customers to find a new retailer to shop and buy online. 35% of online customers who experience a false decline abandon their shopping carts and never complete the purchase. These and many other fascinating insights are from Bolt’s 2020 Winter Ecommerce Fraud Report, A Retailer’s Guide to Consumer Sentiments, published earlier this week. The report’s findings are based on a survey of 848 randomly selected U.S. adults to measure how perceptions of fraud impact online shopping behavior. Respondents were asked questions regarding payment methods, checkout, brand perception, personal data and other related topics. For additional details on the methodology, please see page 10 of the study.

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Retail Tech 100: The Tech Innovators Transforming Retail

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[CB Insights] The Retail Tech 100 is CB Insights’ annual ranking of the 100 most promising B2B retail tech companies in the world. This year’s winning companies include startups working on e-commerce infrastructure, supply chain automation, cashierless checkout, and more. E-commerce infrastructure is the leading category in the 2020 cohort, with 12 winners. These companies provide retailers with the necessary tools to build and add features to their e-commerce channels, such as by facilitating mobile and social commerce. Online checkout features such as Bolt increase online sales conversions by enabling faster checkout via single-click solutions.

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Authentic Brands Group Partners with Bolt to Power Forever 21’s Online Checkout Experience

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[Press Release] Bolt, the world’s first leading Checkout Experience Platform, today announced a strategic partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), one of the largest brand owners in the United States that generates more than $14 billion in annual retail sales. ABG’s massive global portfolio includes Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Aéropostale, Juicy Couture, Nautica, and Sports Illustrated. Through the partnership, Bolt’s seamless checkout, payments, and fraud protection technology will be available to ABG’s global ecommerce network, starting with Forever 21’s website and app.

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Bolt’s Checkout Experience Platform Named BigCommerce Elite Partner

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[Press Release] Bolt, the world’s first Checkout Experience Platform, today announced it has been named a BigCommerce Elite Technology Partner, providing more than 60,000 BigCommerce customers access to one holistic platform to easily manage and improve checkout, payments, and fraud protection. BigCommerce customers can integrate Bolt’s technology through the BigCommerce App Marketplace. Since 2018, Bolt has provided its checkout solution to over 80 enterprise BigCommerce customer stores, helping these businesses increase lifetime value through single-click return checkout, faster guest checkout, better approval rates, reduced fraud, and improved overall customer satisfaction scores.

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Bolt Raises $50M Series C and Creates First Checkout Experience Platform

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[Press Release] Bolt, the world’s first checkout experience platform, today announces a $50 million Series C round, led by Laurence Tosi at WestCap, who notably scaled Airbnb’s payments platform to span 181 countries and served as CFO at Blackstone for seven years. He joins existing investors Activant Capital; Tribe Capital; Glynn Capital; and Human Capital, alongside new investments from a collection of current and former executives and board members* from Magento, Venmo, PayPal, Lyft, Tommy Hilfiger, Tesla, and Lululemon. This new raise brings the company’s total funding to just shy of $140 million, and with it, Bolt unveils the world’s first checkout experience platform to give retailers and consumers more choice, control, and flexibility over their transactions.

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Software Dominates Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500 With 71% Of All Companies

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[Forbes] 353 of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America are in the software industry according to Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500, the most ever in the history of their rankings and a 3% increase over last year. Notable software companies ranked in Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500 include Bolt, Illumio, LogicMonitor and Seeq. Retailers need e-commerce software to drive sales online. Bolt’s success with its Checkout Experience Platform and it now being the platform of choice for Authentic Brands Group’s Forever 21 e-commerce relaunch are a case in point.

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Forever 21 Updates Digital Checkout, Outlines Subscription Program

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[Digital] Authentic Brands Group, the parent company of Forever 21, has partnered with Bolt for a new online checkout experience. Bolt will offer single-click online checkout for Forever 21 customers, as well as the opportunity to save their information across ABG’s other e-commerce platforms. ABG and Bolt will also introduce a subscription-based program that features exclusive perks and rewards in Q1 2021. ABG plans to expand the partnership to its other brands, which include Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Aéropostale, Juicy Couture, and Nautica.

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2020 Technology Fast 500 winners — Bolt Ranked #22 Overall

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[Deloite] For the past 26 years, Deloitte has been honoring the most innovative public and private technology companies that hail from cities across North America.  The ranking is compiled based on submitted applications and public company database research, with winners selected based on percentage fiscal-year growth over a three-year period. Bolt was ranked #22 overall, #3 in the Bay Area and #1 in Fintech!

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How single-click checkout is underpinning Authentic Brands’ revamped retail strategy

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[Glossy] The new checkout experience, the product of a partnership with fintech startup Bolt, will be rolled out on Forever 21’s e-commerce site this week. It will eventually make its way to all of ABG’s brands, and act as a foundation for a cross-brand loyalty program that will launch in the future, Adam Kronengold, ABG’s chief digital officer, told Glossy. “Solving an issue like checkout and payment is first on our list, in terms of our digital transformation,” he said. “It’s a massive opportunity for us to increase convenience for the customer and drive affinity and conversion across our portfolio of brands.”

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Forever 21 streamlines, safens online checkout

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[Chain Store Age] Authentic Brands Group (ABG), parent company of the fast-fashion retailer, is partnering with the Bolt checkout experience platform. ABG will begin implementing Bolt’s seamless checkout, payments, and fraud protection technology on the Forever 21 e-commerce site and app, with plans to expand it to other banners in its portfolio including Lucky Brand, Brooks Brothers, Aéropostale, Juicy Couture, and Nautica. In addition to single-click checkout, online customers at Forever 21 will also be able to save their information once and use it across all of ABG’s branded e-commerce platforms; as well as have a more accurate checkout experience with speeds up to twice as fast across all devices.