About Lightspark

The Internet lacks a protocol for money. We’re building the tools and services to make it happen.

Lightspark builds enterprise-ready infrastructure for the Lightning Network delivering open payments for the Internet at scale. Lightspark services aim to be the fastest, lowest cost, easiest and most reliable way to send and receive payments globally with exceptionally low fees, using Lightning. We’re headquartered in Los Angeles but serving the world.

Leadership Team

We’re a mission-driven, high-intensity team, based in Los Angeles. We’re laser focused on solving real problems for our customers by building best-in-class software solutions to enable a better open payment network to exist and thrive.

David Marcus

Chief Executive Officer

David is the CEO and co-founder of Lightspark. Most recently he led all payments and crypto efforts at Meta/Facebook. In 2018, David started Diem (fka Libra).  He joined Meta in 2014 to lead Messenger, which he took from under 200M monthly users to over 1.5B. Previously, he was PayPal’s President. A lifelong entrepreneur, Marcus launched two companies in Europe, then founded mobile payments company Zong in Silicon Valley, which was acquired by PayPal in 2011. 

Nicolas Cabrera

VP of Product

Nicolas is the VP of Product at Lightspark. He was the Chief Product Officer at Bakkt, the Digital Asset Payment and Crypto Exchange platform funded by ICE: NYSE, where he led all product strategy and crypto payment platform development. Previously, he held leadership roles at eBay and PayPal Australia as Head of Product and Brand, where he developed global product innovations. Nicolas also co-founded Westfield Labs/OneMarket and developed unique retail product solutions for mobile payments, eCommerce, and integrated digital wallets.

Christian Catalini

Chief Strategy Officer

Christian is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer. He previously co-created Diem (fka Libra). He is the founder of the MIT Crypto Economics Lab, and designed the MIT Bitcoin experiment in 2013. His research has been featured in top journals — including Science, Nature, Communications of the ACM — and presented to leading global academic institutions and government organizations. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

Kevin Hurley

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer. He has extensive experience in the payments ecosystem, including roles at Meta/Facebook and worked on Diem (fka Libra), Novi, Messenger, and WhatsApp payments. Kevin has designed and built numerous aspects of blockchain infrastructure.

Jane Martin

Chief People Officer

Jane is the Chief People Officer at Lightspark. With over 20 years of experience in recruiting, she has scaled and diversified talent for high-growth and early-stage companies in various industries, such as technology, philanthropy, healthcare, education, and fintech.

Jai Massari

Chief Legal Officer

Jai is co-founder and Chief Legal Officer. Previously she was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a leader of the firm’s fintech and cryptocurrency practice. She is a fellow of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business at Berkeley Law School.

Christina Smedley

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Christina is co-founder and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Lightspark. In the past she has led the marketing, communications, content and brand teams at Amazon, Edelman, Facebook/Meta, PayPal and Robinhood.

Geoff Teehan

Chief Design Officer

Geoff is Chief Design Officer with 30 years of experience as a designer, leader and entrepreneur. Previously he was the VP and Head of Design at Meta/Facebook, and also led design for Meta/Facebook's News Feed and Novi. He co-founded the trailblazing digital product design firm Teehan+Lax, which was acquired by Meta in 2015.

Vincent Durmont

Head of Engineering

Vincent is the Head of Engineering at Lightspark. Most recently, Vincent has held engineering and management positions at Meta/Facebook, where he worked on a wide range of projects, including Diem (fka Libra) and Novi. Throughout his career, he focused on distributed systems and developer experience.

Tomer Barel

Operating Partner

Tomer is co-founder and Operating Partner at Lightspark and President & COO at Melio. He has a diverse background in risk management, operations, data science, and executive leadership roles at Meta/Facebook(Novi) and PayPal - where he oversaw Fraud, Credit, Data Science, Data Platforms, Operations and Customer Service. 

Join Lightspark

We’re looking for people inspired to work on new and exciting technologies. We’re building innovative infrastructure for payments that will enable customers to super-charge their businesses. You can be part of this.