The Team at Bolt
The Team at Bolt
A world-class product starts with world-class people.
Engineering & Product
Mike Aizatsky
Engineering
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 Gowda
Engineering
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 Liao
Engineering
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.
Michael Liu
Infrastructure Engineering
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 Nishiura
Engineering
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 Kapoor
Engineering
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.
Eric Lee
Engineering
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 Adams
Engineering
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.
Niraj Jayant
Engineering
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.
Ryan Albert
Engineering
Ryan works on the integration 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.
Mitch Patin
Engineering
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.
Akshaya Srivatsa
Engineering & Product
Akshaya leads engineering and product 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.
Emily Yeh
Product
Emily is a technical product manager at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Emily worked as a software engineer at Index, a fintech company.
Emily founded Bella, a nonprofit startup to incentivize volunteers. Bella grew to over one thousand volunteers within the first 6 months. Prior to Bella, she worked on machine learning based relationship recommendation systems.
Sales
Mark Burner
Sales
Mark leads enterprise sales at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Mark held senior sales and management positions at Alight, Sungard (FIS), and ThomsonReuters.
While managing sales at Alight, Mark forged a new strategy for financial services and helped create the flagship Mortgage Banking Application. At Sungard (FIS), he was promoted to oversee sales of the GL Trade post-acquisition Market Data and Trading applications in the Americas. Mark brings over 15 years of enterprise sales experience and Global Account Management at both Sungard and ThomsonReuters to Bolt.
Grace Doering
Sales
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 Dreifuss
Sales
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 Kelley
Sales
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.
Leah Rasmussen
Business Development
Leah heads up the Business Development team in our Salt Lake City, UT office. 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.
Jennifer Grzybowski
Business Development
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.
After graduating from Utah State University, she worked on the legal team at Cannon Disability Law. Prior to that she had humble beginnings waiting tables and serving cocktails. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys going to see live theatre, relaxing with her two cats (Cece and Jamal), and karaoke.
Darren Zuckerman
Sales
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.
Risk
Pete Kledaras
Risk
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 Simpson
Risk
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.
Customer Success
Lizz Harrell
Customer Success
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).
Khai Luong
Customer Success
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.
Founders
Ryan Breslow
Cofounder, CEO
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.
Eric Feldman
Cofounder
Eric runs operations, partnerships, and special projects at Bolt. Inspired by the gap he saw in existing commerce solutions, Eric left Stanford’s CS Masters program in 2014 to start Bolt.
At Stanford, Eric studied computer science. He’s spent the last decade building businesses in enterprise software, education, and microlending. He believes simple commerce infrastructure is a fundamental driver of growth and human advancement.
Operations
Adam Lawrence
Operations
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.
Kunal Sangani
Operations
Kunal works on operations at Bolt. Before joining Bolt, Kunal advised clients in retail, payments, and consumer technology as part of the Boston Consulting Group.
While at BCG, Kunal worked with several Fortune 100 companies on topics ranging from M&A strategy to international expansion. He previously interned in product management at Google and in economic research with the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Kunal graduated from Stanford University with a focus on Game Theory Economics.
Megan Yen
Operations
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.
Growth
Karissa Paddie
Growth
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.
Design
Josh White
Design
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.
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