The Team at Bolt
A world-class product starts with world-class people.
Mike Aizatsky
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 improved the best IDE in 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.
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 onlinec 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.
Mark Burner
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.
David Deaton
David works on recruiting and other special projects at Bolt. He is an expert in E-Commerce and payments. Prior to joining Bolt, he was a member of the original business development team at Square and as an account executive at Womply.
Although he is originally from Long Beach, David attended school at the University of Dallas where he majored in Psychology and Business. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing music.
Eric Feldman
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.
Jon Finch
Jon leads sales and evangelizes Bolt’s payment solutions to enterprise clients. He leverages nearly a decade in the payments space, speding many years at CyberSource and Braintree.
Jon grew up in Los Altos and has always had a profound interest in business and technology. At UCSD, Jon studied Economics and Philosophy. Over the course of his studies, he became increasingly fascinated with technology and sales. Jon has spent the majority of his sales career with CyberSource, a Visa company, selling E-Commerce payment management solutions. Jon is incredibly devoted to making payments more streamlined for both businesses and consumers, which resonates with Bolt’s vision and mission.
Chetan Gowda
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.
Salar Hajimirsadeghi
Salar leads sales engineering and merchant success at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Salar graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he studied computer science.
Salar has worked at Equinix, SpaceX, and 8VC, gaining a diverse experience in various roles ranging from software engineering to venture investing.
Pete Kledaras
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).
Adam Lawrence
Adam helps leads 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.
Jack Liao
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.
Matt Manning
Matt works on the sales team at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, Matt worked as an inside sales representative at BrightSign, the global market leader in digital signage media players.
Originally from Los Altos, CA, Matt spent a few years at the University of Colorado at Boulder before transferring back home to Menlo College, a small, studious college located in Menlo Park, CA. While at Menlo, he was involved in several clubs and organizations, including student government, where he was the senior class president of the 2016-2017 academic year. In his free time, Matt enjoys mountain biking, hiking, photography, and exploring San Francisco.
Eric Metens
Eric is the core architect behind Bolt’s backend systems. Prior to joining Bolt, Eric built Twitter’s payment processing platform and grew the team from a one-man show to over 20 people. He also served as a key engineer at Google Core (Google Shopping) and Pivotal Labs.
With over 12 years of experience in payments engineering, Eric is one of the leading experts in the space. He designed the platform that powers all of Twitter’s payments, billing, invoicing, and commerce for ads. Eric’s wide-ranging career began as the lead engineer for EA’s Lord of The Rings and Tiger Woods Golf. Eric got into payments shortly thereafter, when he founded zeeDive, a reverse auction system for wholesale closeouts.
Kazuki Nishiura
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.
Karissa Paddie
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.
Rob Simpson
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.
Akshaya Srivatsa
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.
Darren Zuckerman
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.
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