May 12, 2014
Tech in Boston Podcast - Sasha Hoffman - Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Plastiq

Welcome to our second episode of Tech in Boston on VentureFizz!

Today's podcast features Sasha Hoffman, who is the Head of Strategy & Partnerships at Plastiq.

Plastiq is a startup in Boston founded by two Harvard grads that allows you to use your credit card for things that you normally can’t, like paying your landlord for rent or paying college tuition.   They are one of the companies doing something interesting that is really flying under the radar in Boston right now.

Completely free for businesses to accept, Plastiq charges a discounted rate to the cardholder, who in return gets the convenience, flexibility and rewards of using a credit card. 

Sasha is responsible for building relationships with the major credit card companies and payment networks, and came to Plastiq after working as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco.

She’s been involved with just about everything in the tech and startup community since landing in Boston two years ago, including the  MITX Future Leaders Group, The Startup Institute, Techstars, General Assembly & more.

In this episode, Sasha talks about:

  • Her not so typical path to the startup world (fashion to restaurants to investment banking to tech).
  • The hardest part about working in BD.
  • The advice she gives students in her class on getting a job at a startup at the Startup Institute.
  • Why not enough people take advantage of the resources in the Boston community.
  • Tips for networking, even for those who dread networking events (and she’s one of those people).


Dave Gerhardt is the Founder of the Tech in Boston podcast and he is also the Head of Accounts at Privy.  You can follow Dave (@davegerhardt) on Twitter by clicking here