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OPEN TALK: Lessons in Platform Engineering

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DeveloperWeek Main Stage
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Samir Naik
Plaid, Director of Engineering

Samir Naik is a Director of Engineering at Plaid overseeing over 70 engineers across the developer experience, developer relations, developer growth and new product teams. With a focus on building highly scalable platforms & teams, Samir is responsible for building products that serve the needs of customers innovating in financial services.. Previously, Samir led teams at Dropbox, Zynga, and Disney.


Fintech is changing at a rapid pace and developers are always iterating and building on platforms to create new features and tools to make better user experiences. At Plaid, we’ve been uniquely positioned to build a platform to help developers start and grow their apps and services to solve for some of the most challenging problems in financial services.

Over the last few years since we first launched Plaid Link, the interface that connects users with fintech apps that integrates directly with the Plaid API, we’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons about how to build a platform that’s optimized for growth and user experience. Samir Naik, Director of Engineering at Plaid is going to share some of the key lessons that Plaid has learned over the years building alongside this community of developers and navigating the ever changing fintech landscape. He’ll talk about how Plaid thinks about the developer experience and building an API that has enabled thousands of apps in the ecosystem to connect to over 11,000 financial institutions in North America