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We are Spinning the Future of High Performance Fabrics

We believe that answers to our most vexing problems can be found in nature. Every day we’re inspired by the amazing materials we work with, and driven by the desire to turn these materials into incredible products.

We are a venture backed, idea driven company, led by world-class scientific and engineering talent, as well as experienced executives from the technology and apparel industries.

First, we changed your accessories. Soon, we'll change your whole wardrobe. Keep in touch to be the first to learn about future products.

Meet the Bolt Threads Team

DAN WIDMAIER, PhD CEO and Co-founder expand

Dan is fascinated by finding the right conditions to grow things, whether he’s cultivating the broccoli in his vegetable garden, yeast in his microbrews or the people at Bolt Threads. He’s carefully tended our growth since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. He’s also passionate about the growth of something over which he has less control: the progress of the Seattle Seahawks. 

DAVID BRESLAUER, PhD Chief Scientific Officer and
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David is the cheerful captain overseeing the crew of the Research and Development teams. David guides the design, production and testing of new silk polymers and fibers with desired performance properties. A born communicator, David uses his talent for elocution to coordinate among Bolt Threads’ research teams. His graduate research on silk during his Bioengineering PhD at UC Berkeley and UCSF comes in handy as he directs long-term technical strategy. David has a unique fondness for street stencil art and can converse about it fluently with you in French.

Dan is fascinated by finding the right conditions to grow things, whether he’s cultivating the broccoli in his vegetable garden, yeast in his microbrews or the people at Bolt Threads. He’s carefully tended our growth since 2009, using his passion and expertise to lead the company through technology development, expansion, and financing. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from UC San Francisco, where his graduate research involved designing genetic circuits to control microbial organelles. He’s also passionate about the growth of something over which he has less control: the progress of the Seattle Seahawks. 

David is the cheerful captain overseeing the crew of the Research and Development teams. David guides the design, production and testing of new silk polymers and fibers with desired performance properties. A born communicator, David uses his talent for elocution to coordinate among Bolt Threads’ research teams. His graduate research on silk during his Bioengineering PhD at UC Berkeley and UCSF comes in handy as he directs long-term technical strategy. David has a unique fondness for street stencil art and can converse about it fluently with you in French.

ETHAN MIRSKY, PhD VP of Operations & Co-founder expand

Ethan keeps the trains at Bolt Threads running on time. He wears many hats and manages all support functions, including capital projects, human resources, information systems, finance and legal. He was previously a founder at Silicon Spice, a successful semiconductor startup, and earned his PhD in Biophysics from UC San Francisco. Ethan’s ardor for engineering, details and safety also serve him well when he’s in the sky. He’s a licensed pilot who used to fly small aircraft and particularly loves flying over beautiful geographical features like mountains, rocky coastlines and wilderness.

SUE LEVIN Chief Commercial Officer expand

Neither a chemist nor an engineer, Sue brings a liberal arts perspective to the company. As head of all commercial activities, including business development and marketing, she frames our work in a broader context and translates scientific research to consumer needs. Sue started her career in journalism before moving to Nike, where she was Global Director of Women’s Sports Marketing, and later US Women’s Brand Director. Sue left Nike to co-found lucy, a pioneering women’s activewear brand. As CEO, she led lucy through a successful transition from dot-com to multi-channel retailer. Before you challenge her to a friendly game of frisbee, be warned that she was an ultimate frisbee national champion.

Ethan keeps the trains at Bolt Threads running on time. He wears many hats and manages all support functions, including capital projects, human resources, information systems, finance and legal. He was previously a founder at Silicon Spice, a successful semiconductor startup, and earned his PhD in Biophysics from UC San Francisco. Ethan’s ardor for engineering, details and safety also serve him well when he’s in the sky. He’s a licensed pilot who used to fly small aircraft and particularly loves flying over beautiful geographical features like mountains, rocky coastlines and wilderness.

Neither a chemist nor an engineer, Sue brings a liberal arts perspective to the company. As head of all commercial activities, including business development and marketing, she frames our work in a broader context and translates scientific research to consumer needs. Sue started her career in journalism before moving to Nike, where she was Global Director of Women’s Sports Marketing, and later US Women’s Brand Director. Sue left Nike to co-found lucy, a pioneering women’s activewear brand. As CEO, she led lucy through a successful transition from dot-com to multi-channel retailer. Before you challenge her to a friendly game of frisbee, be warned that she was an ultimate frisbee national champion.

STEVE HOCHMAN, MBA Chief Operating Officer expand

Steve is our resident evangelist for operational excellence, with a sharp focus on profitable growth and great consumer experiences. Previously, Steve was Nike’s VP Global Retail Operations, led supply chain planning for Nike’s $6B European business unit, and directed global supply chain strategy for the Nike brand. Prior to Nike, Steve led North America Sales Operations for New Balance, co-founded lucy Activewear and Supplychainge, a software firm that delivered supply chain lead-time optimization solutions. Steve earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Outside of work, Steve is an endurance junkie, having never met a nordic ski marathon or century ride he didn’t love.

JAMIE BAINBRIDGE VP of Product Development expand

Jamie engages the best minds in the textile industry to tackle every aspect of yarn and textile development. Previously, Jamie was Director of Product, Textiles and Sustainability for Nau Clothing. Her past experiences include research and development and innovation work at Nike and Patagonia. She serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group and as a member of the Chemicals Management working group of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Jamie prefers to experience life unhindered by shoes and rarely lets a day go by without knitting. 

Steve is our resident evangelist for operational excellence, with a sharp focus on profitable growth and great consumer experiences. Previously, Steve was Nike’s VP Global Retail Operations, led supply chain planning for Nike’s $6B European business unit, and directed global supply chain strategy for the Nike brand. Prior to Nike, Steve led North America Sales Operations for New Balance, co-founded lucy Activewear and Supplychainge, a software firm that delivered supply chain lead-time optimization solutions. Steve earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Outside of work, Steve is an endurance junkie, having never met a nordic ski marathon or century ride he didn’t love.

Jamie engages the best minds in the textile industry to tackle every aspect of yarn and textile development. Previously, Jamie was Director of Product, Textiles and Sustainability for Nau Clothing. Her past experiences include research and development and innovation work at Nike and Patagonia. She serves as the chair of the advisory council for the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group and as a member of the Chemicals Management working group of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. Jamie prefers to experience life unhindered by shoes and rarely lets a day go by without knitting. 

ALEX PATIST, PhD VP of Process Development expand

Alex is our bridge between two worlds: the scientific and the commercial. He takes the magic of our science and makes it work on a big industrial scale – a feat he’s accomplished multiple times in the food, nutraceutical, biochemical and biofuel industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and his previous experience includes Senior Director of Bioprocess Technology at Genomatica and Director of Technology at Cargill. Originally from the Netherlands, Alex is your man if you’re interested in the physics behind the pipe organ, or if you simply want to learn to play.

DAVID TORRE, MBA, CPA VP of Finance and Accounting expand

Dave is a financial wizard and accounting master. He has over thirty years of experience in financial leadership and infrastructure development at high growth and technology companies. His previous positions include Vice President, Finance and Accounting at Qualcomm and Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer for Atheros Communications. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his MBA at the University of California at Berkeley. If you’re hiking through the redwoods and think you’ve caught a glimpse of a yeti, have no fear: it was probably just Dave on one of his frequent hikes on the local nature trails.

Alex is our bridge between two worlds: the scientific and the commercial. He takes the magic of our science and makes it work on a big industrial scale – a feat he’s accomplished multiple times in the food, nutraceutical, biochemical and biofuel industries. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and his previous experience includes Senior Director of Bioprocess Technology at Genomatica and Director of Technology at Cargill. Originally from the Netherlands, Alex is your man if you’re interested in the physics behind the pipe organ, or if you simply want to learn to play.

Dave is a financial wizard and accounting master. He has over thirty years of experience in financial leadership and infrastructure development at high growth and technology companies. His previous positions include Vice President, Finance and Accounting at Qualcomm and Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer for Atheros Communications. Dave is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his MBA at the University of California at Berkeley. If you’re hiking through the redwoods and think you’ve caught a glimpse of a yeti, have no fear: it was probably just Dave on one of his frequent hikes on the local nature trails.

SHOLEH ESMAILI-MONTOYA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP VP of People Operations expand
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