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Mike Cahill rejoins VC-backed Boku as CTO

Boku has hired Mike Cahill as chief technology officer. Previously, Cahill worked at American Express where he was vice president of mobile engineering. And, prior to that, Cahill was Boku’s vice president of engineering. Based in San Francisco, Boku is a carrier billing-based mobile payment company. It is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.


SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mike Cahill, former Boku Vice President of Engineering and one of the company’s earliest employees, today accepted the position of Chief Technology Officer, returning to Boku after two years serving as Vice President of Mobile Engineering at American Express. Mr. Cahill was formerly Boku’s VP of Engineering for nearly four years, from the company’s founding in early 2009 to late 2012.

“There’s a great sense of momentum and strength for Boku that has been amazing to see from afar, and that played a very large role in my decision to return,” said new Boku CTO Mike Cahill. “As CTO, I’m looking forward to tackling the tremendous opportunities that are in front of Boku as the firmly established leader in carrier billing following their mopay acquisition. Even more interesting are the technical innovations and challenges ahead, as we bring carrier billing into more new venues and real-world verticals. In short, it’s very good to be back.”

As CTO, Mr. Cahill will be responsible for leading Boku’s global engineering and technical operations. He will operate out of Boku’s San Francisco headquarters, lead technical teams in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Romania and provide technical guidance to Boku employees across the globe.

“I know the team at American Express is as sorry to see Mike leave as we are happy to have him return,” Said Jon Prideaux, Boku CEO. “Mike contributed so much to Boku during four of our company’s most critical years. When the opportunity arose for him to join an established player on the carded side of our payments universe, I knew from my time at Visa that he would be gaining invaluable experience. To be in a position to bring him back as CTO, benefitting from those two years of experience combined with four years spent building Boku – we simply could not pass that up.”

While at American Express, Mike was responsible for the company’s app development and company-wide mobile application and mobile payment frameworks. His achievements over the course of two years include projects ranging from the implementation of Apple Pay to the development of several American Express applications. He also managed both national and international engineering teams in New York, Phoenix, Palo Alto and London.

About Boku
Boku, the global leader in direct carrier billing-based mobile payments, reaches more than 4 billion consumers in more than 70 countries. Its bank-grade payments technology allows consumers to charge purchases to their mobile phone bill. Boku partners with global merchants including Facebook, Sony, Spotify, Electronic Arts, Valve, Wargaming, and many more. Based in San Francisco with offices in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, Boku is funded by leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists including Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures, and NEA.