Thunderbolt is a digital product design, development and marketing company.
Our in-house team and partner overseas teams offer 80+ available resources who strive for designing and developing next generation web and mobile applications.
Founder & CEO
After graduating from TED Ankara College Foundation Private High-School, Tolga studied Computer Science and Statistics at Baskent University in Ankara (TÜRKEY) where he played 6 years of semi-professional American football as a team captain. After receiving his Bachelor’s, Tolga moved to San Diego to become the first Turkish Collegiate football player competing in NCAA at San Diego Aztecs. Later he was transferred to play for Palomar College where he received a secondary education focusing on Interactive Media & 3d Animation Design.
Tolga worked for Spin Master Studios in Santa Monica where he co-designed “Tech Deck Live,” one of the first web-based 3d games created in California. Tolga designed digital applications and marketing campaigns for brands like Ford™, Chevrolet™, Spotify™, MTV™, Cinemax™, Warner Bros™, Disney™, and Marriott Hotels™ while working with Los Angeles based Interactive Agencies – Sabertooth Interactive, and HYFN. Shortly after, Tolga was leading the User Acquisitions initiative at EA Mobile, where he worked on the global marketing campaigns of EA™ brands including Battlefield™, World Series of Poker™, Yahtzee™, Sims™, Simcity™, NBA Live™, Need For Speed™, 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 Hollywood based Creative Agency called Nclusive, where he co-founded and designed “Curbstand”. Curbstand is a cross-device SaaS platform designed specifically for valet companies. A few months later, Tolga started Thunderbolt when Curbstand received $1.1M private foreign investment after its successful incubation. Thunderbolt acquired its second partnership with “Grassp”, the first legally available on-demand Medical Cannabis Delivery startup. Grassp also received $1.5M Angel Investment after its MVP launch. Thunderbolt’s popular startup projects have raised $8.5M combined seed funding up to date.
Tolga started Thunderbolt in 2013. By working with globally recognized brands and innovative Los Angeles startups, Thunderbolt grew into a 20 people team at the company’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Acquisition of high-potential digital application projects evolved the business model of Thunderbolt to become the first “Stock Market for Apps”. In 2018, this focus has shifted to ICOs and working with Blockchain Startups.
Tolga Onuk resides in West Hollywood, CA.