ABOUT BOLT

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.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

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

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

  • Record of successful products brought to market

  • Expert at board-level design with experience in:

  • Wireless comms (Bluetooth LE, 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, IEEE 802.15.4, LoRa, etc.)

  • Mixed-signal embedded systems

  • Low-level firmware development

  • Low-power circuit design

  • Experience designing products for high volume manufacturing with a focus on production facilities in the US and Southeast Asia

  • Comfortable helping support the development of 5-10 products at any given time

  • Enthusiastic about both advising others and executing work individually

  • Comfortable with a variety of CAD tools (Altium preferred, Eagle and others acceptable)

  • Experience laying out boards with challenging physical constraints

  • Comfortable working collaboratively with revision control systems (git)

  • Experience consulting various clients as a freelancer or with a firm

  • A desire to learn more about the startup/venture capital environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  • Highly organized, inquisitive, and probing

  • Nice-to-have experience:

    • Embedded Linux

    • High-speed circuit layout

    • Programming experience in C/C++ and Python

    • Cryptography and security for embedded systems

    • Some familiarity with Android/iOS development

PERKS

  • Immersed at the forefront of hardware and connected device startups

  • 24x7 access to a world-class prototyping shop

  • Flexible vacation policy

  • Medical and dental

  • 401(k) with employer matching