The Plastiq Papers

Big-picture perspectives and fresh takes from Plastiq.

2% of Your Profits are Going to Waste. Here’s How Payment Approval Workflow Can Save You

A recent McKinsey report showed that businesses waste 2% of their hard earned profits on just.. read

By Vishakha Gupta
Bright future for women owned businesses

Women-Owned Businesses are Succeeding During the Pandemic. Here’s Why.

Going into 2020, the 2019 American Express State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found the number of.. read

By Hilary Wolfe
Cash flow business accelerator

Why Cash Flow Should be Your Primary Business Accelerant

When Guidant Financial and the Small Business Trend Alliance surveyed businesses at the end of last.. read

By Stoyan Kenderov, Chief Product Officer

Plastiq HackDay 2021

It’s no mystery that taking time off can be good for your mental health, but it.. read

By Rahul Bhatt

Interview Series: Lillian Liang, Senior Software Engineer

Lillian Liang started her time at Plastiq as a contract software engineer, but the fit was.. read

By Hilary Wolfe
Eric Normant of Plastiq

Interview series: Eric Normant, VP Engineering

Meet Plastiq’s own Eric Normant, VP, Engineering. A little over a year ago, Eric joined Plastiq,.. read

By Hilary Wolfe

When And How Fast Will The Economy Recover? Here Are Three Economic Metrics To Watch

The economy will recover from the pandemic. There’s no doubt about that. But there is a.. read

By Gene Marks

These Three Fintech Trends Will Impact You, And Your Business In 2021

There’s a lot going on in the financial technology (or fintech) world—things that will impact not.. read

By Plastiq

Plastiq Is A Critical Cash Flow Tool

I’ve been doing a lot of speaking—virtually of course—to industry groups made up of small- and.. read

By Gene Marks

Five Major Tech Trends Impacting Businesses in 2020

There has been a major boost in business technology trends in the year of 2020. This.. read

By Plastiq

Four Technologies That Four Technology Experts Say Will Increase Your Cash Flow

Maybe you saw the discussion I had with John Horner, Ivan Mehta and Tom Berdan. If.. read

By Gene Marks

This Is How Much Cash Your Business Really Needs

If there’s anything the recent economic downturn has taught us it’s that maintaining a healthy cash.. read

By Gene Marks

Tax Tips 2020

With tax day just a few days away, here are some tips that we hope will.. read

By Katherine Reis

Forget everything you know about accepting credit cards.

If your business only accepts cash, checks, or electronic bank transfers, and you feel like credit.. read

By Stoyan Kenderov, Chief Product Officer

Plastiq Raises $75 Million in Series D Funding to Accelerate Rollout of Intelligent Payments Solution for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs)

Investment Will Be Used to Equip SMBs with Expanded Payment Options that Enable Them to Maximize.. read

By Plastiq

Pay Early, And Five Other Ways To Make Your Suppliers Love You

When you get an emergency call from a customer who needs something right away do you.. read

By Gene Marks
Plastiq Accept

How smart business owners can help their customers pay in times of cash-crunch

American entrepreneur Oded Wurman has a burgeoning small business. He provides software to emergency responders who.. read

By Stoyan Kenderov, Chief Product Officer

The Biggest Error Small Businesses Make About Credit Card Fees

It amazes me how, in 2020, so many small business owners don’t take advantage of credit.. read

By Gene Marks

Getting Cash NOW From The Federal Government

Many businesses are struggling to navigate their way through the current Coronavirus pandemic. Some have been.. read

By Gene Marks

Plastiq Assists Opportunity Fund in Providing Immediate Help to Small Businesses

With shelter-in-place orders being enacted across the globe, small business owners everywhere are in crisis mode,.. read

By Sameer Gulati, Plastiq COO

Plastiq Recognized as 2020 Bay Area Best Places to Work

San Francisco, CA – April 24, 2020 – We’re proud to share that Plastiq has been.. read

By Amanda Goldman

A Letter from our Co-Founder & CEO

Dear Customers, Friends, and Community, No doubt you have received many updates and messages from companies,.. read

By Eliot Buchanan, Plastiq CEO & Founder

Seven Things Business Owners are Doing in Response to Coronavirus

Published on March 13, 2020 At the time of publishing this post, the World Health Organization.. read

By Sameer Gulati, Plastiq COO

Five Biggest Potential Risks from Coronavirus Business Owners are Monitoring

Published on March 4, 2020 Like so many around the world, as we monitor the coronavirus.. read

By Sameer Gulati, Plastiq COO

3 Reasons to File Your Taxes Early

Many people wait to file their taxes close to the deadline, but there are good reasons.. read

By Amanda Goldman

3 Tax Write-Offs That Work Great with Plastiq

Common Cash-Only Write-Offs Which Can Be Paid With Plastiq This information is for educational purposes only… read

By Amanda Goldman

Travel More Without Spending More

Regardless of the season, there’s always somewhere in the world worth exploring. However, the desire to.. read

By Amanda Goldman

Plastiq Named to Forbes 2020 Fintech 50 List

We’re excited to be named today to Forbes’ 2020 Fintech 50 list. The publication highlights the.. read

By Bobby Lee
Plastiq Named Among Most Innovative Fintech Companies in Forbes’ 2020 Fintech 50

Plastiq Named Among Most Innovative Fintech Companies in Forbes’ 2020 Fintech 50

Prestigious Industry Award Recognizes Fintech Companies with Significant Company Growth SAN FRANCISCO – February 12, 2020.. read

By Plastiq

Should Your Amazon Business Stay Local or Go Global?

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by PingPong Payments You’ve found profitable products, mastered the.. read

By Bobby Lee

Why Did a Popular Local Business With Tons of Customers Fail?

One of the major reasons that small businesses fail is from a lack of working capital… read

By Plastiq

First Timer’s Guide to Amazon Seller Feedback

Obtaining great seller feedback on Amazon can play a vital role in how well your product.. read

By Bobby Lee

How to Drive External Traffic to Amazon Listings

One of the most sought after prizes in the e-commerce industry is to land a product.. read

By Bobby Lee
Seller's discretionary earnings

Why ‘Seller’s Discretionary Earnings’ is Critical for E-Commerce Sellers to Know About

E-Commerce sellers have a lot to pay attention to, particularly when it comes to financial metrics.. read

By Bobby Lee

Why a ‘Statement of Cash Flow’ is a Business Owner’s Best Friend

Fully understanding your cash flow can help your business grow exponentially. The first step is to.. read

By Bobby Lee
Plastiq Quickbooks integration

Plastiq Announces First End-to-End Intuit QuickBooks Online Integration in the Payments Industry

Sophisticated, seamless integration saves time and money, ensuring businesses have an up-to-date, accurate record of all.. read

By Plastiq

Top 2020 Trends for Faster SMB Growth

3 emerging trends in customer behavior and how your business can adapt. Business trends come and.. read

By mark@plastiq.com

Two Events That E-Commerce Sellers Shouldn’t Miss in NYC

If you’re an e-commerce seller, you cannot miss two big conferences coming up next week in.. read

By mark@plastiq.com

The Sales Tax Collector is Coming. How Should E-Commerce Sellers Prepare?

Following the Supreme Court ruling on South Dakota v. Wayfair, enforcement of sales tax laws on.. read

By mark@plastiq.com

Are Amazon Loans Worth It?

Selling products on Amazon is a great way to make a seven-figure income (or more).  But.. read

By mark@plastiq.com
|Amazon Sellers: Are Your Products at Risk of Being Delisted?

Amazon Sellers: Are Your Products at Risk of Being Delisted?

Amazon Sellers: Are Your Products at Risk of  Being Delisted? By Plastiq Team Convenience, but With.. read

By mark@plastiq.com

Cash Flow is King: Edging Out the Competition as an E-Commerce Reseller

The Competition is Stiff E-commerce is booming, but with heavy-hitters like Amazon, Alibaba, and others dominating.. read

By mark@plastiq.com
Visa small business cardholders

Plastiq Platform Available to US Visa Commercial Cardholders 

U.S. Bank is the Latest Financial Institution to Enable its SMB Visa Cardholders to Pay Vendors.. read

By Plastiq

Plastiq Benefits Visa Small Business Cardholders

Plastiq’s benefits for Visa cardholders just keep getting better! Today, we are highlighting our commitment to.. read

By Bobby Lee

Send International Payments in Your Supplier’s Local Currency

You may already be familiar with Plastiq’s international payment service, which enables your business to make.. read

By Jesse Wood

A Money Transfer Service for You

Plastiq is just like a money transfer service for small businesses, but offers so much more… read

By Amanda Goldman

Pay Tuition on your Credit Card with Plastiq

It’s that time of year when tuition payments are due! But maybe the pain of a.. read

By Plastiq

Expedited Checks Delivery: Fast and Reliable

We’re extremely pleased to announce the expansion of Plastiq’s Accelerated Check Payments offering. Expedited check payments.. read

By Amanda Goldman

Big News for Visa Personal Cardholders

New Visa Processing Program Means Smoother Payments We’re excited to announce a new processing program for.. read

By Plastiq

How Plastiq Can Help Restaurant Owners

As a restaurateur in a highly competitive market, serving the customer means having enough food throughout.. read

By Amanda Goldman

How General Contractors Can Use Plastiq

Tired of high interest loans and lines of credit? As a general contractor, you know all.. read

By Amanda Goldman

Is Using Plastiq Worth It?

Ever wondered how you can increase your business’ cash flow? Using Plastiq’s new benefit calculator we.. read

By Amanda Goldman

Plastiq For Your Small Business

Plastiq is a modern payments company designed to unlock access to your existing credit, so you.. read

By Amanda Goldman

The Test & Delivery / Automation Pair Programming Interview

What to expect In the pair programming session, YOU will be the star and you will.. read

By Michel Lacle

Pay Virtually Any Business, Anywhere in the World!

(Updated September 3, 2019: EU countries can now be paid as well.) (Updated August 6, 2019: Japan,.. read

By Jesse Wood

How Business Owners Can Write Off the Plastiq Fee for U.S. Tax Savings

By Janet Berry-Johnson, CPA This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your tax.. read

By Plastiq

What to wear to a Plastiq interview

You’ve likely read our many blog posts around our interview process including what we look for.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Learn About Supported Payment Types by Card Brand on Plastiq

One of the most popular questions we receive is, “Which credit card can I use for.. read

By Bobby Lee

Recruiting, Scrapers, And How I Won the Engineering Referral Party

Currently, our company is experiencing a rapid growth phase. We plan to triple the size of.. read

By Nate Kamono

Why work for a startup instead of a large company?

This is a question I field quite frequently since we ramped up our Engineering hiring efforts.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

My Experience Joining Plastiq – John

I must start by saying that my onboarding with Plastiq has been the best of my.. read

By John Gaffney

Plastiq at 2019 Future Digital Finance Conference

If there is one thing I love doing, it’s talking about Plastiq. Last year we received.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Meet an Engineer – Gopi Pandya

Tell us a little about yourself. I joined Plastiq in early 2016. From then through to.. read

By Gopi Pandya
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A Guide to Plastiq, from Priyanka Prakash, Senior Staff Writer at Fundera

Credit card usage is at an all-time high, with Americans carrying nearly $4 trillion of credit card.. read

By Angie Donatoni

Ask the Head of Technology – What do you look for when hiring?

At Plastiq today, we are hiring for a lot of Engineering roles. At various prior companies.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Plastiq Welcomes New Leaders to Our Leadership Team!

On the heels of two very exciting announcements for Plastiq, our Series C funding rounds in.. read

By Eliot Buchanan

Meet an Engineer – Cody LaRocque

Tell us a little about yourself. I started working at Plastiq in November of last year.. read

By Cody LaRocque

Plastiq named in Best Places to Work by Built In Boston

I am absolutely delighted to share that Plastiq has been named one of the “Best Places.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Plastiq Hiring Event in Boston

Plastiq is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Built in Boston’s upcoming¬†Top Companies.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Plastiq & Machine Learning (part 1)

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, skynet. It seems you can’t find a budding new startup.. read

By Danny Glover

The Massachusetts Conference for Women

The Massachusetts Conference for Women was held in Boston on Dec 11th and 12th. It’s the.. read

By Marie Cuddy

An Interview with our Business Customer, Hasan Hasmani

To help people better understand more about how Plastiq works and can be best utilized by.. read

By Angie Donatoni

Plastiq Engineering expands in Boston

Plastiq’s story is a tale of two cities – namely Boston and San Francisco. Boston –.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Back to Boston!

My co-founder Dan and I are thrilled to announce that after four years in the Bay.. read

By Eliot Buchanan

Engineering Key Values

Earlier this year, I first came across the site KeyValues.com. I was really impressed with the.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

War Room Wednesdays

As a software engineer at Plastiq, it is likely that you’ll attend (or even lead) a.. read

By Jeff Kynaston

Retaining Engineering Talent

I was speaking recently with a friend who is a Head of People at another company… read

By Trevor Brosnan

How I Learned to Love CSS

Admit it, engineers. You don’t want to work on CSS if you can possibly avoid it… read

By bethkessler

My experience switching from C# to PHP

I started developing in the ecosystem of Microsoft (C#, .NET Framework, Visual Studio, and SQL Server).. read

By Nate Kamono

Plastiq Engineering Open House 10/30/2018

We recently ran an Open House event at our office in San Francisco. We had a.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Sending a Check Just Got a Whole Lot Faster

Today, Plastiq is launching expedited check delivery, the newest addition to our Accelerated Payments Suite. This.. read

By Dan Choi

From Two Week Cycles to Continuous Delivery and Beyond

How we are working now – continuous delivery At Plastiq we move fast and deploy many.. read

By Michel Lacle

An Interview with Ariana – Founder of POINTCHASER

Q&A with Ariana Arghandewal 1. How did you find out about Plastiq? I heard about Plastiq through.. read

By Angie Donatoni

Tips from Ask Sebby, an Expert in Personal Finance

The Ask Sebby team first discovered Plastiq when we were researching ways to maximize credit card.. read

By Sebastian Fung

Plastiq Engineering Open House – October 30th

We love talking Engineering at Plastiq. We also love talking to other Engineers. We frequently attend.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

My experience joining Plastiq – Trideep

Starting a new job can be exhilarating and challenging. This is even more so for engineering.. read

By Trideep Gogoi

Meet an Engineer – Marie Cuddy

Tell us a little about yourself. I have been working at Plastiq for just over 4.. read

By Marie Cuddy

The Donut Rule

At Startup companies, some of the most important team practices are not necessarily strategically conceived or.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Career Paths for Engineers

Prior to Plastiq, I worked for some large organizations, some with thousands of Engineers. I led.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Engineering Teams and Meetings

One unique aspect of our Engineering culture at Plastiq is our stance on meetings. Meetings, done.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

The Engineering Interview Process

Plastiq, like many other companies, has gone through many iterations in its Engineering interview process. This.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

Working in Engineering at Plastiq

We believe Plastiq Engineering is a unique environment for technologists. We are a small startup company,.. read

By Trevor Brosnan

How to Maximize Cash-on-Hand

As we approach the holiday season, cash flow becomes a critical issue for many small businesses.. read

By Colin Morgan
Credit cards

Part 2: All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Credit Cards

Welcome to Part 2 of “All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Credit Cards” – check.. read

By Dan Choi
Visa cards for travel hero

Temporary change impacting select personal VISA credit cards

Starting today, customers may notice one of two temporary changes for select personal VISA credit cards.. read

By Eliot Buchanan, Plastiq CEO & Founder

Part 1: All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Credit Cards

Interested in the history of credit cards? The make-up of a credit card? Credit Card Programs?.. read

By Dan Choi

Tuesday Tip: Growing Revenue

Nearly half of all businesses with between 11 and 100 employees list growing revenue as their.. read

By Angie Donatoni

Tuesday Tip: How to Turn Tax Payments into Opportunities with Plastiq

Many businesses regularly use Plastiq to pay their taxes so that they can take advantage of.. read

By Angie Donatoni

Credit Card Float: The most valuable, least known benefit of using your credit card

Credit cards have a ton of benefits. You get points on every purchase, security on those.. read

By Jesse Wood
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