After graduating from TED Ankara College Foundation Private High-School, Tolga studied Statistics and Computer Science at Baskent University in Ankara (TÜRKEY) where he competed as a team captain of Baskent KNIGHTS at the Turkish National Football League. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Tolga worked at CE Technology in Ankara as a Web Designer & Developer. Shortly after, Tolga moved to San Diego,CA to be a part of the Palomar COMETS football team and to receive his post-graduate education on Interactive Design & 3d Animation.
Tolga worked for Los Angeles based Spin Master Studios for 4 years where he co-designed “Tech Deck Live,” one of the first 3d web-based MMOs. Tolga designed digital applications and marketing campaigns for brands like Ford™, Chevrolet™, Spotify™, MTV™, Cinemax™, Warner Bros™, Disney™, and Marriott Hotels™ while he was leading design & development projects at the Los Angeles based Interactive Agencies Sabertooth and HYFN. Tolga led the Mobile Gaming Marketing Promotions at Electronic Arts™, where he created global campaigns for the majority of EA™ brands including, Battlefield™, World Series of Poker™, Yahtzee™, Sims™, Simcity™, NBA Live™, Need For Speed™, Real Racing™, Fifa Soccer™, Madden NFL™, Tetris™ and Simpson’s Tapped Out™. Tolga Onuk also designed EA™ Mobile’s consumer-facing brand & identity in 2012.
Tolga started the mobile application development business at the Nclusive Creative Agency in Hollywood where he started his entrepreneurial journey. He co-founded & designed “Curbstand” iOS App which is the first SaaS solution specifically built for valet companies. Curbstand received $1.1M private foreign investment shortly after its MVP Launch. In the meantime, THUNDERBOLT opened its headquarters office at Beverly Hills, CA. THUNDERBOLT acquired another partnership with the first legal Cannabis delivery startup “Grassp”. Grassp also received $1.5M angel investment after its MVP beta launch. At THUNDERBOLT, Tolga Onuk and his team have built 12+ web, iOS and Android applications and these startup projects have raised $8.5M combined seed funding up to date.
Acquisition of many innovative startup projects evolved the business model of Thunderbolt, and Tolga Onuk introduced the THUNDERBOLT Private Stock Market Platform for Apps (Jobs Act, Regulation Title-III | Equity-Crowdfunding Public Offerings). In 2018, the newest emerging industry of cryptocurrencies paved a decentralized way to raise funds for early-stage startups, and Tolga Onuk started to work on ICOs and Blockchain technologies.
Tolga Onuk resides in West Hollywood, CA.