Today we are talking to Jean-Denis Greze, the Head of Engineering at Plaid.  And we discuss optimizing your teams for impact and treating them right in the long term, thoughts on privacy engineering, and how they’ve operationalized employee mobility within their organization.

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

About Jean-Denis:

Jean-Denis is the Head of Engineering at Plaid and a co-investor at ASDF Ventures.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son. He’s been lucky to call Boston, Chicago, Lausanne (Switzerland), Los Angeles, New York City, Paris (France), Santiago (Chile), and Shanghai (People’s Republic of China) home over the last four decades.

About Plaid:

Plaid is a financial data network that powers the apps and services millions of consumers rely on to live healthier financial lives. Plaid is used by thousands of digital financial apps and services like Betterment, Expensify, Microsoft and Venmo, and by many of the largest banks to make it easy for consumers to connect their financial accounts with the apps and services they want to use. Plaid connects with over 11,000 financial institutions across the U.S, Canada and Europe. The company was founded in 2013 by Zach Perret and William Hockey and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.


  • There are no short-cuts when managing people. You cant condense 10 years experience in to 1 year. It’s humbling to look back and see how much you’ve grown and the mistakes that have been made.
  • How to scale yourself as the engineering team grows beyond the point where you can know everyone individually.
  • How Plaid has operationalized mobility in their organization to encourage team members to experience other parts of the company.
  • Building teams that optimize for impact while taking care of the individual over the long term.
  • Plaid’s mission to make moving money easier for everyone in the world.
  • How the pandemic has accelerated peoples digital experiences.
  • Thoughts on privacy engineering and making sure security is built in from the beginning of a product.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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