The Team at Bolt
A world-class product starts with world-class people.
Emily is a product manager at Bolt with a background in computer science, machine learning, psychology, and fintech. Previously, she worked at Index, a leading point-of-sale startup acquired by Stripe, and on the machine learning team at OkCupid.
Emily founded a nonprofit tech company to solve major volunteer management pain points for large nonprofits, working with numerous animal rescues to find product-market fit and scale the company to managing over 10,000 volunteer hours annually.
Greg leads product at Bolt. Before Bolt, Greg worked at Uber for over four years where he led the Uber for Business product team. Greg helped build out the Uber for Business team from scratch into a business unit of over 100 people within Uber.
Prior to Uber, Greg co-founded Bob’s Watches, one of the largest online luxury watch retailers in the world, and attended Stanford University where he majored in Computer Science and Management Science & Engineering.
Akshaya leads engineering at Bolt. Before this, he worked for three and a half years on Twitter’s Ads team, where he played a key role in building Twitter's order management systems, billing & payments systems, Ads API and other ads services.
Akshaya has helped build and scale Twitter Ads features like multi currency & multi timezones, asynchronous analytics, integration with demand-side platforms and conversion attribution pipelines. Prior to Twitter, he built the first automated analytics pipeline for large scale device automated testing at Marvell. Akshaya has an MS in EE from University of Texas at Austin and has held a several other high-impact software engineering roles over the last 7 years.
Mike is a software engineer at Bolt, bringing over 5 years of experience at JetBrains and 9 years of experience as a Staff Software Engineer at Google.
While living in St Petersburg, Mike was improving the best IDE on the market: IntelliJ IDEA. After joining Google and moving to San Francisco, Mike worked on infrastructure for Code Search, App Engine and Google+. He’s passionate about mathematics, programming languages and formal methods. When away from his computer, you can find Mike playing music or climbing.
Chetan brings nearly a decade of software development experience to Bolt. Most recently, he was at Facebook for over 7 years.
At Facebook, Chetan was an early member of the spam and abuse fighting team. He worked on building tools to mitigate various attacks and built the malware removal tool for Facebook users. Later, he worked on building infrastructure for Parse background jobs and push notifications for Facebook analytics. Prior to Facebook, Chetan worked on Yahoo! Buzz Index, which provided analytics for Yahoo! search data.
Jack is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Jack worked at Airbnb where he built the company’s host standards system, responsible for identifying and removing low-quality hosts.
Jack grew up in Toronto and studied at the University of Waterloo. After graduation, he attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a master’s degree. During his time in school, Jack interned at seven different companies including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter, where he gained a diverse experience across many areas of software development.
Mike leads infrastructure engineering at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Mike served as Director of DevOps at RealtyShares where he architected, built and maintained the application infrastructure.
At RealtyShares, Mike led a DevOps team responsible for application monitoring/alerting, ELK, CI, code deployments, application and network security and database uptime/scalability/continuity. His team's infrastructure work ensured a 99.999% application uptime. Mike has also lead DevOps at Marin Software and Stitch Labs. On his free time, Mike enjoys spearfishing, shooting hoops and Prius camping.
Kazuki is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, he worked at Google for three years where he helped launch Android Pay and its expansion to Japan.
Kazuki has been passionate about mobile app development for years and has published numerous apps. Previously, he was also involved in two startups as a founding full-stack engineer. Kazuki has an M.S. in CS from the University of Tokyo. While in school, he interned at Facebook and Google.
Akul is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Akul worked at Pinterest for three years, where he played a key role on the Growth team, leading different projects focused on new user experiences.
During his time at Pinterest, Akul led initiatives around email logic, content and timing, as well as UI/UX redesigns and content recommendation improvements. Akul grew up in Singapore and received a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He interned at Linkedin and eBay, gaining a diverse set of experiences in software engineering that he now applies to reimagining commerce.
Terry is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to Bolt, he worked at Modiface for two years where he helped enable AR technologies for beauty brands.
Terry graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2015. While in school, he interned at over five different companies including Blackberry and Zulily. He was also one of the founding engineers at Yeplive, a location-based live streaming startup.
Ryan works on the engineering team at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Ryan held software engineering internships at Illumina and Joint Genomic Institute.
At Illumina, Ryan worked on backend engineering, overseeing data collection and storage for the BaseSpace knowledge network. At Joint Genomic Institute, Ryan created several complex machine learning classifiers to predict genetic and lifestyle characteristics of biological organisms based off of genomic data. Ryan grew up in beautiful Carmel, California and attended the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys any and all things sports as well as backpacking around the California wilderness.
Eric is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to working at Bolt, he worked at Google for two and a half years in Search, working on building and improving the machine learning models that Google uses to rank search results.
During his time at Google, Eric owned and maintained several signals core to Search, becoming the primary contact for information on those signals. Eric grew up in New Jersey and studied mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chase is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to Bolt, he worked at Intel in the Artificial Intelligence Product Group developing deep learning models and optimizing them for next generation AI chips. He is also in Grad School studying machine learning at Georgia Institute of Technology at the College of Computing.
Chase studied at Georgia Institute of Technology for a dual Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and Applied Language. He interned at companies such as Nvidia and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, focused on parallel programming. He joined Bolt to help grow its data-driven algorithms for a seamless experience.
Prior to joining Bolt, Niraj was a Software Engineer at Microsoft on the PowerPoint team. He is currently pursuing a graduate certificate from Stanford in Artificial Intelligence.
Niraj attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Electrical and Computer Engineering. While at Microsoft, his projects included owning the real-time collaboration stack for the Mac platform and PowerPoint Designer, an artificial intelligence service that formats a user’s slide based on their content. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports and enjoying the beautiful California nature.
Matthew is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, he worked at Achievers for 3 years helping revolutionize employee engagement as part of the Systems & Architecture Team.
Matthew grew up in Toronto and studied at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2015 with a BCS/Business option. When away from the keyboard, Matthew enjoys cooking and playing competitive card games.
Daniel is a Technical Project Manager at Bolt. He brings over a decade of experience leading large teams from Adobe as well as small startup teams, most recently one which he co-founded with a classmate from Carnegie Mellon.
At Adobe, Daniel was the program manager leading releases for Flash Player. He’s been passionate about bringing efficiency and effectiveness to development teams ever since. When away from the keyboard, Daniel enjoys developing mobile apps, cooking, and running outdoors (even when it's raining). He is excited to be perfecting commerce with Bolt.
Mitch is a software engineer focused on merchant integrations at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Mitch worked at General Electric, where he completed four 6-month rotations as part of the Digital Technology Leadership Program.
Mitch grew up in Dallas and studied computer science at the University of Notre Dame. He’s passionate about creating efficient and intuitive software products with diverse teams. When away from the keyboard Mitch enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and pick-up sports.
Grace is an Account Executive at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Grace was a part of the global sales team at Twitter where she helped with partnerships in the B2B technology space.
Grace began her sales career at The Wall Street Journal in New York City working with Fortune 100 companies to scale their digital and mobile business. Grace brings her proven track record of relationship management and consultative partnership experience to Bolt.
Jack leads enterprise strategy at Bolt. He is also the founder of Strictly Collective, an eCommerce apparel startup based in San Francisco. Prior to Bolt, Jack built the sales org for SimpleLegal from the ground up. Before SimpleLegal, he was a member of the sales engineering team at Box.
Jack has always had a passion for eCommerce. Through building his own eCommerce company he became enamored with every experience in the online consumer journey. Seeing payments as the most important part of the buyer experience, Jack joins the Bolt team to help evangelize the future of the online payments experience.
Loren comes to Bolt with over a decade of payments experience including roles at Braintree and Worldpay. From local brick-and-mortar shops to the largest enterprise companies in the world, Loren has worked on nearly every use case in payments.
Loren grew up in Florida and eventually made his way to San Francisco. When he’s not educating himself or a business on how money moves around the web, you can find him at the dog park or on various adventures around the Bay Area.
Gian is responsible for Enterprise & Partner Sales | Solutions (aka. “Catalyst”) at Bolt. He brings over a decade of experience spanning business development, enterprise and channel sales from his tenures at SDL, Lionbridge, and PTC.
Gian has worked across product lifecycle technologies, enterprise content management, and tech-led managed services. He's established and grown new industry verticals, pioneered geographical expansions, and built transformative partnerships. He was also an educator at UCSD, built an ecommerce platform used across 4 continents, and is an accomplished competitive athlete, avid traveler and passionate foodie / craft brewer.
Peter is responsible for enterprise strategy and sales at Bolt. He has over a decade of ecommerce experience, including co-founding Aesthete Wines, a highly rated artisanal Sonoma County-based wine label.
Peter previously founded and ran his own agency, First Growth. Prior to that, he worked with Symphony Commerce and Only Growth, helping brands grow their direct-to-consumer businesses.
Nick is a Sales Representative in San Francisco. He spent the last few years managing and operating a sales team in both Yelp’s Eat24 division as well as Yelp’s Advertising division.
Nick comes to Bolt as an experienced Sales Manager with a proven track record of success. He is excited to be building a better form of commerce for all businesses.
Alex comes to Bolt with a strong background in sales across several verticals. Prior to joining the team, Alex spent the last couple of years at Yelp, working his way up from Account Executive to Sales Manager.
A Bay Area native, Alex has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2015 he founded FL Solutions, a company that helps make loan repayments more manageable for students. Outside of the office, Alex loves classic cars, traveling, and attending music festivals.
Jennifer works on the Business Development team in our Salt Lake City office. Prior to Bolt, Jennifer was a Collections Account Manager at Dollar Financial Group/Money Mart Financial.
Jennifer works on the Business Development team in our Salt Lake City office. Prior to Bolt, Jennifer was a Collections Account Manager at Dollar Financial Group/Money Mart Financial.
Dave is a Business Development Team Lead at Bolt’s Salt Lake City office. He brings with him a wide array of experience leading teams, driving new leads, and optimizing processes.
After graduating from Georgia State University, he developed his sales skills working for brands like the PGA Tour and Oldcastle. He’s an avid snowboarder and loves traveling the world. When he’s not on the slopes or in a plane, he enjoys spending quality time with his friends and family.
Kaela works on the Business Development team in our Salt Lake City office. Prior to Bolt, Kaela graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Kaela grew up in both California and Zurich, Switzerland, and now calls Salt Lake City home. When she’s away from her desk, you can find her skiing, hiking, or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.
Darren currently manages the sales team at Bolt. He is a business development professional with experience in selling and implementing financial technology solutions for Global 2000 companies.
Darren has conducted business in over 50 cities throughout 25 countries leading the sales and deployment process for hundreds of corporations & financial institutions throughout North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, & Africa. He has experience managing sales & consulting teams from the pre-sales process all the way through to the client "Go-Live" stage. Darren is an active speaker at conferences & author of industry-specific whitepapers.
Known by many as one of the world’s experts in fraud management, Pete Kledaras leverages his 20+ year career in risk management and credit card fraud to head risk, data, and fraud detection at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Pete served as Chief Risk Officer at CashStar for eight years.
During his time at CashStar, Pete developed its groundbreaking risk management platform for digital commerce. Many major retailers, including Best Buy, Dell, Gap, Office Depot, Staples, Starbucks, and The Home Depot, rely on the fraud systems that Pete designed to power their highest-risk online purchases: eGifts, plastic gift cards, and stored value reloads. Following his early career as an economist at the US Treasury and International Monetary Fund, Pete enjoyed remarkable success in risk management at several leading banks including the Bank of New York and First USA/Bank One. Pete has also served as an advisor to dozens of blue-chip organizations including TD Bank, Visa EU, Barclaycard UK, BNP Paribas, WEX Corp, and PowerPay (now EVO).
Rob oversees risk operations at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Rob (aka Bobby Donuts) spent five years at CashStar leading the risk team and managing risk operations.
While at CashStar, he specialized in developing auditing procedures to help reduce fraud losses while maintaining an industry leading approval rate. Through that experience, he built the first internal risk team, headed risk product development, and dominated the ping pong circuit. Rob brings a wealth of knowledge to Bolt from managing risk on e-gifts, plastic gift cards, and stored value cards for brands like Nordstrom, Starbucks, Uber, Best Buy, and The Home Depot.
Lizz leads Customer Success at Bolt. Her passion for Financial Technology and innovation encompasses payment experience across acquiring, issuing, and point-of-sale applications through working in various sales, business development, customer success, and strategy roles at Bolt, Marqeta, Adyen, and Shopkeep.
An energetic growth-driver at heart and in practice, Lizz particularly enjoys bringing her unique customer-facing and sales strategy experience to help innovative, fast-growing companies chart the path to aggressive and transformational expansion. She is a native Arkansan, a Chinese Language and Literature grad from Georgetown, and an MBA (snagged from Columbia Business School in 2014).
Erin is an Enterprise Success Manager at Bolt, tasked with providing Bolt’s white-glove service to merchants. Prior to Bolt, she built the Account Management team at Braintree.
Erin brings almost 8 years of experience in payments and Customer Success to Bolt. She is thrilled to be building seamless commerce for all businesses.
Khai brings to Bolt an extensive knowledge of the customer experience. Most recently, Khai led the Account Management team at Oh My Green, hiring and scaling the team to handle everything from daily operations to long-term customer happiness.
Khai is obsessed with building amazing customer relationships and has contributed to a variety of rapidly growing startups in San Francisco. He’s an avid football (Cowboys!), tennis, and Formula 1 fan. You can usually find him jet-setting abroad, jamming at music festivals, and nerding out over cars. He’s thrilled to be perfecting payments with Bolt.
Brandon comes to Bolt from Yelp, where over three years he moved from an entry level sales role to managing Yelp's strategic accounts and channel sales.
Passionate about the arts and arts education, Brandon moved from his small hometown in Wisconsin to the Bay Area, switching directions to pursue a career in sales. Past gigs include being part of a hot air balloon "flight crew," installing hardscapes on multi-million dollar properties, and restoring an old Harley.
Leah comes to Merchant Success from heading up Bolt's Business Development team in Salt Lake City. Prior to Bolt, Leah had a career in eCommerce as a buyer and product manager.
After graduating from Bowdoin College (Go U Bears), she worked in retail and PR on the East Coast, before moving to Utah for the skiing and an ecommerce role at Overstock.com. In her spare time, she does freelance Graphic Design projects for friends and family members.
Eric leads customer support and education at Bolt. Prior to Bolt, Eric spent over six years at Addepar passionately driving customer outcomes and leading the company’s top-notch Support, Education, and Relationship Management teams. He’s thrilled to bring that same customer-centric drive to Bolt.
Eric’s approach to customer experience is to provide the right mix of white-glove service and self-help, ensuring that customer needs can be met quickly and effectively. He is a New Jersey native and a Stanford graduate.
Ryan runs product vision and overall strategy at Bolt. Ryan left Stanford’s Computer Science program in early 2014 to found Bolt and pursue his vision for the future of online payments.
While at Stanford, Ryan cofounded the Stanford Bitcoin Group, dedicating research to the future of money and financial systems. Prior to founding Bolt, Ryan spent six years building E-commerce sites for businesses of all sizes — from small businesses to large corporations. It was during this time that Ryan experienced first-hand the shortcomings of the online commerce space, which inspired him to design a better alternative. Now focused on reinventing online checkout, Ryan had humble beginnings working checkout as a bag boy at Publix Super Markets.
Adam helps lead operations at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Adam held leadership roles at Addepar, Liveli, Anduin Transactions and Leap Motion.
Adam started his career as the first business hire at Addepar. He helped them scale from the founder's house to 120+ employees, dozens of large enterprise customers, millions in revenue and hundreds of millions in venture funding. After Addepar, Adam started Liveli. Liveli’s unique hiring software helped thousands of people find jobs across the US. After selling Liveli, Adam spent time at both Anduin Transactions and Leap Motion in senior operational roles.
Megan works on operations and strategy at Bolt. Before jumping to the startup world, she was a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, where she led projects in the transportation solutions and education space.
Megan joined Oliver Wyman after graduating from UC Berkeley Haas’ business program. In addition to working on various strategic and operational engagements for corporate clients, she served as the Social Impact Committee Lead and managed pro bono projects with nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Alex is on the operations team at Bolt. Previously, he worked in venture at Tusk Ventures in New York and in operations at Uber in the Middle East.
At Uber, Alex helped manage the driver business and launch UberEats across the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Karissa leads growth strategy for Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Karissa ran growth operations at Polarr, scaling the company to millions of users, and worked as an independent consultant to various startups.
After graduating from Stanford in 2014, Karissa joined Polarr as their Head of Growth, managing an international team to scale the product into a global market with 16 languages and 200+ countries. Prior to this, she founded a startup consultancy which has been featured in Forbes. Starting in her time at Stanford, Karissa became interested in mobile payments and the future of online commerce. She is excited to share in Bolt’s mission, and passionate about Bolt’s future vision of safer, faster, simpler payments worldwide.
Josh is a designer at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, he worked on a 5-10 person team creating the visual identity system for biannual new product launches, seasonal excitement campaigns, and global advertising for a multinational technology conglomerate.
He brings experience in consumer goods, education, finance, government, hospitality, tech, media, medical, and non-profit spaces — for companies sized 3 to 300,000+ employees. Recognizable clients include Patagonia, Samsung, Deschutes, Williams Sonoma. His packaging work is on a shelf in your kitchen.
Laura helps lead Talent at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Laura built Riskified’s US Go-to-Market and G&A teams.
Earlier in her career, Laura held people operations leadership positions with Cue Connect and Robert Half. She’s energized by the intersection of doing well and doing good, and is excited about empowering independent brands with Bolt.
Lindsay helps the sourcing efforts on Bolt’s Talent team and is based in the Salt Lake City office. She’s in charge of all things sourcing, supporting roles across the business and locations.
Lindsay comes from Thumbtack, where she started as an individual contributor sourcer, then managed a team of 16 sourcers. She helped build Thumbtack’s engineering and product teams, hired and trained new sourcers, and worked closely with recruiters to make sure their funnels were supported with top talent. In her free time you can find her spending time with her 7 nieces and nephews, playing with her 2 cats and 2 dogs, or journaling.