I’m Nikola Boykov. Experienced Product Management Leader

About me

I spent the last 12 years in the Online Payments industry. I had the privilege to help a company grow from 300 to 3500 employees, and from 2 to 15+ offices, spanning from Los Angeles to Hyderabad. I held multiple roles during that time, most of them in Product Management.

Some of the highlights over this period of time have been:
• Building a successful green field Card Not Present processing prototype
• Launching a wallet business to the US market
• Integrating a full-fledged card not present solution with one of the biggest online book marketplaces in North America
• Modernizing an existing payments platform processing 5+ billion USD a year

I had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest players such as Visa, Mastercard, Amex, TSYS, Fiserv (First Data), EVO, Ingenico, WorldPay, Barclays, AIB, NAB etc.
Solving difficult product challenges by providing leadership and guidance continues to be my main motivator. And there is hardly a boring day on the job, especially in the Online Payments industry.


Paysafe Group

Head of Product, Payment Gateway

May 2021 – Present

I lead the product team responsible for Paysafe’s Payment Gateway.

Group Product Management Lead, Payment Network

Oct 2019 – April 2021

I led the Product team responsible for all card-not-present processing integrations within Paysafe. This includes a list of 15+ acquirers/processors, covering North America, the United Kingdon, the European Union and Australia.

Product Management Team Leader, Payment Processing

Dec 2018 – Sep 2019

I led the Product team responsible for several key gateway products within Paysafe’s Payment Processing division such as:
– Card and direct debit processing (both merchant facing APIs and back-end integrations)
– Customer Vault (Paysafe’s tokenization solution)
– Paysafe’s Hosted Solutions (Paysafe.js and Paysafe Checkout)

Senior Product Manager, Payment Processing

Jul 2017 – Dec 2018

I led several key card processing and direct debit integrations within the Gateway offering of Paysafe’s Payment Processing division.

Product Manager, Payment Network

Jan 2015 – Jul 2017

I led several key initaitives within both the Digital Waller and Payment Processing divisions. A particular highlight was the prototype payment processing engine that was created for the Digital Wallet, where the product was capable of processing card transactions in production only five months into the initiative.

Senior Business Analyst | Product Manager

Feb 2014 – Jan 2015

I led the card processing effort behind the integration of one of the biggest online book marketplaces in the world.

Montway Auto Transport

Product Manager

Dec 2013 – Feb 2014

I worked on the company’s core CRM system, and also laid the foundations of the development of its new back-end platform.

Progress Software

Business Analyst

Jun 2013 – Dec 2013

I led the development of Sitefinity’s eCommerce module.

Paysafe Group

Senior Business Analyst

Dec 2010 – Jun 2013

I led the effort around Skrill’s new website at the time, built on the company’s brand new back-end platform. I was also responsible for the platform’s Consumer module.

Senior Quality Assurance Specialist

Feb 2008 – Jan 2011

A key highlight from this period is my involvement in the release of Skrill’s Prepaid Card.


Quality Assurance Team Leader

Feb 2007 – Jan 2008

I led a team of 12 testers responsible for providing quality assurance to brand new and ported games.

Quality Assurance Specialist

Sep 2006 – Feb 2007

I was involved in the successful development and release of Bubble Bash.


New Bulgarian University

Master’s Degree in Business Administration

2009 – 2011

Sofia University
St. Kliment Ohridski

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration

2005 – 2009