Bolt is a venture capital firm forging a new model of seed-stage investing focused on startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Each investment we make is propelled by expert day-to-day support that helps bring hardware products to market faster and with less capital. Bolt’s full-stack product engineering team and multi-million dollar prototyping shops provide the framework for our value-added investment platform that enables hardware entrepreneurs to succeed.
Bolt is seeking an exceptional, passionate individual to join our team. As an integral part of our design and engineering team, you will be focused on enabling the success of our growing portfolio of companies. This is a full time role at our location in downtown San Francisco and would include some travel to Boston and New York.
Bolt is a fast-paced, dynamic environment where it’s not unusual to work on many different products in a given day. Our work covers the entire product development process including conceptual exploration, hands-on prototyping, engineering analysis, and working with contract manufacturers.
Candidates must thrive in the high-caliber venture community and, like the rest of our team, be highly autonomous.
A TYPICAL WEEK MAY INCLUDE
Working closely with Bolt’s industrial designer and mechanical, electrical, and prototyping engineers to refine the design of a new product
Consulting a CEO on the tradeoffs between using pre-certified modules and designing custom, chip-down architectures
Building prototype circuitry and test equipment
Selecting components and hardware like cellular modems, WiFi modules, microcontrollers, or Android tablets
Schematic capture and layout of prototype and final PCBs
Tracking down unexpected battery drain on a company's first prototype
Debugging an unexpected device reboot during initial testing
Whiteboarding manufacturing and assembly ideas for mass production
Validating the cost targets of high-volume production
Meeting with a potential new portfolio company and determining if their device/system is feasible to build, both from the product and business standpoint
Helping set six-month development goals for a new portfolio company
Interviewing an electrical, firmware, or software engineer and helping ensure that that person would integrate with a portfolio company's team
Attending a meetup in the evening to discuss product development and investment with hardware startups
Strong technical background including a BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or similar
5+ years in a design engineering role, ideally having worked with many types of products and through at least one full product-development cycle