Refreshing Plaid's brand

Noticed anything different about us lately? Sure, we’ve got a little spring in our step from expanding our institution coverage for Auth and Identity, but... we’ve also launched a brand new website. Since this marks the debut of our new design system, we wanted to give you a...

Shifting the Used Car Landscape

When it comes to car ownership, Shift is rethinking the status quo. Since its launch in 2014, the digital marketplace and end-to-end car concierge service has prided itself on bringing trust and simplicity to the peer-to-peer used car market, in effect turning what can be a stressful life event (i....

Managing your Amazon Redshift performance: How Plaid uses Periscope Data

The Data Science & Infrastructure team at Plaid has grown significantly over the past few months into a team whose mission is to empower Plaid with a data-first culture. This post is a look at how we rebuilt internal analytics around rollup tables and materialized views at Plaid. DSI: It’...

Plaid People: Kevin Hu

A data scientist at Plaid since March 2017, Kevin Hu is busy pursuing his dream of building things that matter. Here, he talks math contests, cats of Instagram, and the collaborative nirvana that is “group sound.” Photo by Kevin Hu (magic!) What exactly does a data scientist do all day?...

Improved Usage filtering, visualizations, and more in the Dashboard

Today, we’re excited to release an entirely revamped Usage view to all Dashboard users. You can now visualize item adds and removes over time—plus we’ve added a product-by-product usage breakdown directly below this. You can also custom filter both of these visualizations to a specific date range...

Changelog - August 2018

Here is a summary of what we've shipped over the last month: Institutions: We expanded our Identity institution coverage to over 2,100 institutions, increasing our mutual Auth+Identity coverage to 1,700+ institutions. We also improved our Auth, Identity, and Transactions support for First Republic Bank and Silicon Valley...

For Financial Gym, Plaid’s Clean Transaction Data is Key to Balanced Budgets

After the technology behind Financial Gym’s spend-tracking tool, the Training Zone, proved ill-equipped to provide clean transactional data, the New York City-based, fitness-themed financial advisory company linked with Plaid to update its functionality. Financial Gym relies on the Training Zone and the information it collects to analyze customers’ spending...

Placid Express: Fighting the friction, fees and fraud of digital remittance

When Placid Express introduced a digital version of its international money transfer service in 2014, it faced unprecedented challenges: top-notch fraud verification and a tension between speed and price. Placid Express realized it needed to offer consumers a fast transfer option with built-in security features, minus the high fees traditionally...

Changelog - July 2018

Here are highlights from among the things we've been working on over the last month: Institutions: We expanded our Auth coverage in July to over 3,000 institutions, including Bonneville Bank, Prosperity Bank, and Fidelity Bank. We also upgraded our Transactions coverage, bringing longer transaction histories, improved latency, and more...

Building an Inclusive Code Review Culture

Every engineer is familiar with code reviews, and many before us have compiled thoughts and suggestions on how to do them. Code reviews have an outsized impact on team culture because they are an integral part of the day-to-day of every engineer. At Plaid, we take pride in our inclusive...

Changelog - June 2018

Here is a summary of what we've shipped over the last month: Institutions: We significantly expanded coverage during June, for example adding support for Barclaycard (Transactions, Identity, Balance), Marcus by Goldman Sachs and Azlo (all products). In all, we enabled over 400 more institutions for Auth alongside extending Transaction histories...

Plaid People: Jake Stern

With a degree in economics and a stint on the 2016 presidential campaign under his belt, Jake Stern joined the Plaid sales team in 2017. In our latest Plaid People profile, Jake talks about the experiences that primed him for life in fintech, his enthusiasm for the product he has...

Scaling a monitoring platform to over 9,600 bank integrations

At Plaid, one of the things we do is we maintain integrations with more than 9,600 banks. Our core promise to customers is providing reliable and homogenous data from all of these financial institutions. From an operational perspective, that requires us to monitor 9,600 external dependencies on top...

Fintech Request for Startups

Today, we’re excited to launch our second Request for Startups. Last year's RFS saw more than 100 companies respond, many of which have since grown immensely and significantly impacted the way consumers interact with money. This year, we're hoping for similar success. Financial technology is reaching an inflection point....

Changelog - May 2018

Here is a summary of what we've shipped over the last month: Canada: We announced support for Canadian financial institutions across all products and control for developers to enable them in the Dashboard API Versioning: We introduced API versioning, which allows us to continue rapidly improving our API while maintaining...