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September 27, 2019
Plaid People: Erik Anstine
Software engineer Erik Anstine is fairly new to Plaid—and software engineering, in general. He joined Plaid in January 2019 when it acquired Quovo, his former employer. Before that, Erik was busy traveling the world and honing his craft as an accomplished opera singer. Today, he passionately pursues both careers, and he has no plans...

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August 29, 2019
Plaid People: Emily Downs
When Emily Downs joined Plaid two years ago, Plaid’s human resources team was just getting off the ground. Recognizing opportunity in challenge, Emily seized the chance to build out foundational HR processes that Plaid could rely on as it grew nearly 400% in headcount and expanded into new labor markets. These processes are currently...

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July 26, 2019
Plaid People: Charley Ma
As a growth manager, Charley Ma is responsible for helping clients successfully launch, grow, and scale with Plaid. As one of Plaid’s earliest employees, he has also been integral to many aspects of Plaid’s evolution, from building out its Sales team way back when to opening Plaid’s first New York City office....

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June 14, 2019
Plaid People: Taylor Wilson
These days, Taylor Wilson is living out his dream job as a software engineer on the Integrations team at Plaid, but not before he pursued two other disparate career trajectories. In our latest Plaid People interview, he talks about his competing interests, the upside of trying your hand at everything, and why the old adage...

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May 14, 2019
Plaid People: Kira Booth
Photo by Kevin Hu When Plaid opened its second engineering office in Salt Lake City in 2018, engineering manager Kira Booth was its very first employee. Since then, she’s been instrumental in building out the fast-growing Salt Lake team and maintaining seamless integration with San Francisco headquarters. In our latest installment of Plaid People,...

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April 22, 2019
Plaid People: Em Minor
Em Minor took a circuitous route to fintech. In the process, she gained deeper experiences that have helped her excel at Plaid, where she recently stepped into a new role as BD Lead for FI Partnerships. In our latest Plaid People interview, Em talks the importance of intention-setting, corporate cultural fit, and staying true to...

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March 06, 2019
Plaid People: François Chu
When François Chu was growing up in France, he didn’t know what the universe had in store for him—only that he wanted to know everything he could about the universe while he had the chance. Fast forward a couple decades, and he still makes a point to absorb new knowledge and skills at...

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December 14, 2018
Plaid People: Ben Lee
Before joining Plaid in January 2018, Ben Lee served as counsel at some of the biggest names in tech, but he got his start as a public defender in one of the toughest legal jurisdictions in the country. In our latest installment of Plaid People, Ben talks about the dramatic transitions that have defined his...

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October 30, 2018
Plaid People: Angela Zhang
Plaid engineering manager Angela Zhang has a penchant for pushing herself to learn and grow, but she never loses track of the team or having fun in the process. In our latest Plaid People interview, she discusses graduating from MIT in just three years, the value of bright green tracksuits, and why a sandwich is...

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September 07, 2018
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? I help build models that...

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July 02, 2018
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 the pleasure of selling and...

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May 17, 2018
Plaid People: Joy Zheng
Before Plaid, software engineer Joy Zheng worked as an engineer at Vessel and studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Harvard University. Joy talks Plaid, her love for baking, and how a little bit of statistics helped change up her reading routine in a big way. Photo by Kevin Hu What do you do at Plaid?...

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