5 Questions With Tim Schuermer, Platform Partnerships

1. Explain what you do in your role with On Deck.

TS: I help organizations find innovative, more efficient solutions for connecting their small business customers to capital. Our Platform Partnerships include accounting firms, payroll processing firms, merchant processing firms, big box retailers, and even banks.

2. Why did you decide to join On Deck?

TS: I was drawn to On Deck’s mission of using technology to change small business lending. I come from a financial services background, and the disruptive nature of our platform immediately attracted me.

3. In your opinion, what is the best part about working at On Deck?

TS: Our office environment is really conducive to exploring ideas – our walls are practically covered from the floor to the ceiling with possible tactics and strategies to help improve the way our small business customers access capital. It’s been particularly rewarding to see how my contributions have opened the pathway to capital for our Platform Partners’ small business customers.

4. What advice would you give to someone looking to join the company?

TS: Be sure to bring your thinking cap. We’re continually seeking improvements – both big and small – for the ways we connect with small businesses. It requires constant creativity and perseverance.

5. What would someone be surprised to know about On Deck?

TS: Our softball team may not be the best, but we sure have a lot of laughs while we’re playing!