The Team at Bolt

A world-class product starts with world-class people.

Ryan Breslow
Cofounder, CEO
Ryan runs product vision and overall strategy at Bolt. Ryan left Stanford in early 2014 to found Bolt and pursue his vision for the future of Internet payments.
While at Stanford, Ryan cofounded the Stanford Bitcoin Group, where he spent nearly 2 years researching the future of money and financial systems. Prior to founding Bolt, Ryan spent 6 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 current limitations and weaknesses in the payments space, which inspired him to design a better alternative.
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.
Eric Feldman
Eric runs operations, handles partnerships, and sets strategy at Bolt. Inspired by the gap he saw in existing commerce solutions, Eric left Stanford in 2014 to start Bolt.
At Stanford, Eric studied computer science. He’s spent the last decade building businesses in enterprise software, education, and micro lending. He believes simple commerce infrastructure is a fundamental driver of growth and human advancement.
Chetan Gowda
Chetan is a software engineer at Bolt and 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/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.
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 all things risk, data, and fraud 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).
Jack Liao
Jack is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to 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.
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.
Karissa Paddie
Karissa leads growth strategy for Bolt. Prior to 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.
Akshaya Srivatsa
Akshaya is a software engineer at Bolt. Before this, he worked for three and a half years at Twitter in their Ads team, where he played a key role in building Twitter's order management systems, billing systems, Ads API and other ads services.
Akshaya has also helped build and scale Twitter Ads with his contributions to features like support for multi currency & timezones, asynchronous analytics, integration with demand-side platforms and conversion attribution pipelines to name a few. Akshaya has a MS in EE from University of Texas at Austin and has held a several high-impact software engineering roles over the last 6 years.
Salar Hajimirsadeghi
Salar leads all Sales Engineering and Merchant Success at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, he graduated from Claremont McKenna College where he studied computer science.
Throughout college he interned at Equinix, SpaceX, and 8VC where he gained diverse experience doing various roles from Software Engineering to Investments.
Hunter Kilburn
Hunter is on the sales team at Bolt. Prior to joining Bolt, he worked on launching a mobile-first fractional share investing application.
He attended the University of Southern California obtaining a B.S. from the Marshall School of Business. In his free time, you can find him on a new adventure on some mountain or beach.
David Deaton
David works on the sales team and other special projects at Bolt. He is an expert in the e-Commerce and payments spaces; prior to Bolt he was a member of the original BDR 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 (yes, in Texas) where he majored in Psychology and Business. In his free time he enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing music.
Kazuki Nishiura
Kazuki is a software engineer at Bolt. Prior to Bolt, he worked for Google for three years where he helped launching Android Pay and its expansion to Japan.
He’s been passionate for mobile app development for years and published a few apps by himself. Previously, he was also involved in two startups as a founding engineer and experienced full-stack development. He has a M.S. in CS from the University of Tokyo. While in school, he interned at Facebook and Google.