Silicon Valley in a Box


Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. We connect startups to corporations, and invest in over 100 companies every year.

We have 22 locations across the world with success stories that include PayPal, Dropbox, SoundHound, and Lending Club.

The total entrepreneurial experience.



We get asked a lot about what we do. Are we an accelerator? A co-working space? An investor? A place for corporate innovation?

The truth is, we are all of those things and more. Every single year, hundreds of entrepreneurs pass through our vertical-specific accelerator programs and team up with our corporate partners.

Nearly 400 startup have long-term office space in the building too. It is the perfect place to meet likeminded innovators.

And, yes, we invest in A LOT of companies. We make seed investments in our accelerator programs, and have a stage-agnostic fund for companies a little further down the line.

To top it all off we have a huge list of qualified mentors, angels, and VCs that combine at the events we run every week.

Stop by and let’s make a difference together.



Meet the Team

The people behind the magic


Office of the CEO

Saeed Amidi

CEO & Founder

Saeed Amidi is the Founder and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center.

Saeed also holds the position of General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies, some of which are: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc.

A serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally, in countries like: Spain, Germany, France, and Austria.

Saeed’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute on their ideas.

Saeed is an active member of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), a world-class network of Fortune 500 CEOs, accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.

Tracey Laden

Executive Assistant

Tracey Laden

Jojo Flores

Co-founder & VP

Jojo Flores

Jojo is currently involved in the overall strategic planning and prioritizing of Plug and Play. Jojo’s immediate focus is on building strategic alliances in the Philippines and other reigns of South East Asia.
Startup Camp & Investment Arm Investment and Mentorship.

Valerie Yen Yee Lim

Startup Camp Analyst

Valerie Yen Yee Lim

Adam Dawkins

Investment Associate

Adam Dawkins

Adam Dawkins is an Investment Associate at Plug and Play. He is primarily responsible for deal sourcing and performing due diligence on early-stage investment opportunities.

Prior to Plug and Play, Adam worked at an early-stage venture firm focused on enterprise software. Adam holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.

adam (at) pnptc (dot) com

Natasha Low

Startup Camp Analyst

Natasha Low

Alireza Masrour

Managing Partner

Alireza Masrour

alireza (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com

Alireza Masrour is Managing Partner at Plug & Play Ventures, a place where he led more than 100 investments out of over 20,000 startup investment opportunity for the firm since 2008. Some of investments led by him are Kamcord, FiscalNote, Aarki, CreditSesame, HealthPocket which acquired by Health Insurance Innovations, Matcha which acquired by Apple, PasswordBox which acquired by McAfee/Intel, TrustGo which acquired by Baidu, GNS3 which was acquired by Solarwind, Flyr, Shippo, Virool, Skytree, eyeIO and BookingPal to name a few.

Prior to Plug and Play, he was Founder and CEO at NekaTel, one of the large Internet Airtime Distribution Networks, with over 800 retailers and millions of subscribers. Alireza grew NekaTel’s revenue from $0 to over $45M in less than 2 years. He was also Founder of VidaTel, offering mobile airtime distribution technology and sold the technology in 2007. He has prior Chemical Engineering and Management background/ MBA certificate from Tehran University and Sharif/Royal Roads. Alireza published “Crossing the Digital Divide: What’s Next” in Information Technologies and International Development Journal published by Harvard Business School for UN’s World Summit on the Information Society.

Roja Amrollah

Investment Outreach Manager

Roja Amrollah

Brandee Barker

Investor Relationship Manager

Brandee Barker

Plug and Play Ventures Investments and business development.

Sahil Khosla

Associate

Sahil Khosla

Noorjit Sidhu

Associate

Noorjit Sidhu

Paulette Hernandez

Admin

Paulette Hernandez

Evan Pope

Associate

Evan Pope

Ivan Zgomba

Partner

Ivan Zgomba

Ivan Zgomba is a Partner at Plug and Play Ventures, the Investment Arm of Plug and Play Tech Center. As one of the founders of Plug and Play’s themed innovation platforms, Ivan leads investments across number of evolving verticals. Under Ivan's leadership, Plug and Play has invested in over 100 rapidly growing technology startups and ​has ​helped portfolio companies collaborate with corporations from around the world.

Ivan was privileged to invest ​in ​many well-known and brilliant entrepreneurs. His direct portfolio includes: Tenor (formerly Riffsy), Naturebox, ​api.ai (acquired by Google), Chronos (acquired by Life360), Prevedere, Context360, Token, Fitpay, Onfido, Betterworks, Quiet Signal, Knightscope, Rappi, Scout, Popslate, Dynosense, Swifly, Relimetrics, Flo Technologies, Frame (formerly Mainframe2), Deltabid, Graphwear, Joyrun, Honey, GameCommerce, Augmented Pixels, Skylights, Koniku, among many others.

Prior to Plug and Play, Ivan was with Avondale Partners, Nashville based investment bank where he focused on equity research covering the retail and technology sectors. Ivan received his MBA with highest Honors and ​​BSc in Finance from Southern Illinois University.

George Damouny

Principal

George Damouny

George Damouny is a Principal at Plug and Play Ventures (previous investments include Dropbox, Paypal, LendingClub, and many more). With a diverse background of founding start-ups to operational roles, George took his experience and applied it to venture investing in early 2014. Since then, George has led venture deals in over 60 start-ups, primarily in the fintech and retail space.

His deals have successfully raised subsequent capital from institutional investors like Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Foundation Capital, Canaan Partners, KPCB, and many more. As an active adviser and investor, George is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow and reach their goals. George is one of the founding members of Plug and Play Fintech, Plug and Play Retail, Plug and Play Materials, Lafayette Plug and Play (Plug and Play Paris), and more.

George holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science with a Minor in Communications in the Informations Age from San Jose State University where he graduated with both the President's and Dean's Honors Awards.

Emiko Pond

Director, Operations

Emiko Pond

- Manage office of 13 team members, coordinating personal calendars, private meetings between Fortune 500 executives and startups, and office on-boarding and best practices

- Plan and manage small (50) to large (500) person events with 2-5 person teams

- Lead and coordinate the company’s other operations team members to bring together 11 Innovation Platform operations

- Improve and create processes and structure for office and event planning procedures

- Execute on multiple ad hoc projects relating to office procedure, event planning, and domestic and international operations

- Proactively communicate and cooperate with other team members to help with time sensitive projects

Catherina Wang

Senior Associate

Catherina Wang

Catherina leads the sourcing and investment for the Healthcare and IoT Innovation Platform at Plug and Play Technology Center. Catherina works to connect top tier startups with Fortune 500 corporations to possibly engage in pilots, licensing deals, strategic partnerships, and investment opportunities.

Prior to Plug and Play, Catherina worked at Lumobodytech as a product manager and was a professional golfer. Catherina holds a BA in Communication from Stanford University.

Amy Castro

Admin

Amy Castro

Cedric Vallee

Associate, Paris

Cedric Vallee

Kristians Karlsons

Associate, Amsterdam

Kristians Karlsons

Sahil Arora

Associate

Sahil Arora

Sahil Arora is a FinTech Associate at Plug & Play Ventures. His role is focused on finding and working closely with innovative startups disrupting financial services. Sahil represents the startup's best interests and provides strategic advice and relevant introductions to corporations and investors.

Prior to joining Plug & Play, Sahil worked in product strategy for Credit Cards and Payments at The Royal Bank of Canada. He also held prior roles in consumer financial services and SME consulting. Sahil graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with his Honours Business Administration degree in 2014. He is an active member of the tech community in Silicon Valley and Toronto.

Kevin Parakkattu

Associate

Kevin Parakkattu

Kevin is an early stage investor at Plug and Play Ventures (prev. investments include PayPal, NatureBox, Honey, Dropbox, etc.) focusing on brand, retail, and e-commerce solutions.

Leveraging Plug and Play's corporate network, Kevin collaborates with TJX, Rakuten, Mars, Kohl's, and 15+ other large corporations to find and implement frontier technologies. He engages with the retail ecosystem internationally through PNP's operations in Paris and Munich with anchor partners Galeries Lafayette and MediaMarktSaturn respectively.

Prior to his current position, Kevin was an investment analyst at Centripetal Capital Partners in Stamford, CT and co-founded a pure play custom clothing startup. Kevin studied finance at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he graduated as a Macaulay Honors Scholar.

Bill Tang

Associate, LA

Bill Tang

Kevin Wang

Associate

Kevin Wang

Kevin Wang is an Associate on Plug and Play's Ventures Team. He is primarily responsible for sourcing Travel and Hospitality startups, developing relationships with institutional and corporate venture capital, as well as creating content around blockchain, AR/ VR, robotics, drones, etc.

Prior to Plug and Play, Kevin worked at a boutique Private Equity shop focused on manufacturing and distribution. He has had two venture back companies in edtech and digital recruitment. Kevin holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Case Western Reserve University.

Alex Tran

Associate

Alex Tran

Ahmed Alireza

Business Analyst

Ahmed Alireza

Martins Kruklis

Associate

Martins Kruklis

Gabrielle Inzirillo

Associate, Paris

Gabrielle Inzirillo

Tulsi Patel

Associate

Tulsi Patel

Tarek Elessawi

Associate

Tarek Elessawi

Ali Safavi

Director, Insurtech / Principal

Ali Safavi

Ali Safavi is the founder and Director of Plug and Play Insurance, an insurtech focused startup innovation platform in partnership with the likes of Munich Re, USAA, State Farm, SOMPO Digital Lab, Farmers, Nationwide, Deloitte, Travelers, Aviva, AIG, and many more global insurance institutions.

Ali is also a Senior Associate at Plug and Play Ventures, the venture arm of Plug and Play Tech Center where he invests in startups in different spaces including insurance, travel and hospitality, and IoT.

Ali has published numerous articles on data analytics, machine learning, and insurance, as well as holds an M.Sc. in Computer Engineering.

Andy Toth

Investment Director, Germany

Andy Toth

Corporate Partnerships Strategic Dealflow.

Candace Widdoes

COO

Candace Widdoes

Plug and Play is a seed-stage startup accelerator and investor accelerating 350+ tech companies through strong alliances with venture capitalists, industry experts, and a network of 130+ corporations.

Candace is the COO at Plug and Play, responsible for overseeing, defining, and executing strategic partnerships and accelerator programs worldwide. Candace is one of the founders of Plug and Play’s themed innovation platforms and has grown the programs from zero to 130+ corporate partners. Her initiatives at Plug and Play include developing and running over a dozen themed accelerators worldwide, including the Internet of Things, Mobility, Brand & Retail, FinTech, Insurance, Startup Autobahn (in collaboration with Daimler in Stuttgart), and others.

Prior to Plug and Play, Candace worked in the financial services industry as a broker, mutual fund wholesaler, and loan counselor. She has previously held Series 7, 63, and 66 certifications for her roles at Charles Schwab and Old Mutual. Candace holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Tessa Imbrie

Senior Operations

Tessa Imbrie

Tessa Imbrie is the Senior Operations Manager for Plug and Play. Tessa runs the 3-month acceleration programs focused on Internet of Things and Mobility related technology, which bring in nearly 100 startups a year. She manages 52 corporate accounts such as Mercedes, Honeywell, Ford, Philips, Fujitsu, and works to bridge the gap between these corporations and startups through structured deal flow, events, and mentor sessions. Outside of the acceleration program, Tessa works to strengthen Plug and Play’s venture capitalist relationships and organizes Internet of Thursdays, a series of events that joins industry experts, corporations, entrepreneurs, and influencers in IoT to discuss the latest trends. Tessa moved to California from the East Coast for the opportunity to work and grow with Plug and Play Tech Center. She graduated from Quinnipiac University Lender School of Business with a B.S. In International Business and a minor in Asian Studies.

Stephen Fay

Business Development

Stephen Fay

Robin Ardeshir

Director, LA

Robin Ardeshir

Nadine Schubert

Fintech Operations

Nadine Schubert

Xenia Poppe

Munich Operations

Xenia Poppe

Michael Olmstead

CRO

Michael Olmstead

Michael is VP Corporate Partnerships and Co-Founder of Plug and Play’s industry specific acceleration model that has successfully been implement across ten different verticals over the last four years. These programs have collectively brought together over 130 leading corporations like ExxonMobil, P&G, and PepsiCo to dictate the focus of each accelerator program and select that startups that are accepted. Through these stage agnostic (pre-seed to series B) innovation platforms, Plug and Play aims to source, invest in and connect startups with leading corporations for pilots, strategic partnerships and acquisition opportunities.

Michael graduated Cum Laude from Whittier College with a B.A. in Business Administration, a concentration in Marketing and International Business and distinction as Most Outstanding Graduate In Business Administration, Most Outstanding Student in International Business Concentration, and Presidential Scholar- Athlete of the Year.

Hasti Afsarifard

Business Development

Hasti Afsarifard

Samantha Miller

Energy Operations

Samantha Miller

Community Manager, Energy & Sustainability

Scott Robinson

VP, Fintech

scott (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com
Scott Robinson is the founder partner and director of Plug and Play FinTech, the financial and security focused startup accelerator in partnership with Citi, Deutsche Bank, USAA, Capital One, Intuit, Assurant and other corporations. Scott has worked with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley, for the past two years managing a number of FinTech and Bitcoin related initiatives. Additionally, Scott is the founder of Plug and Play Bitcoin, the co-organizer of the world's oldest Bitcoin Meetup and founder of the first nationally syndicated Bitcoin Job Fair. Scott is responsible for Plug & Play’s investments in 37 coins, Pavilion, SFOX, Bitwage, Purse.IO, Blockscore among others. Scott graduated from UCLA in 2008, where he received his B.A. in History.

Astrid Benson

Health Operations

Astrid Benson

Karen Airola

Business Development

Karen Airola

Emily Lin

Business Development

Emily Lin

RJ Carver

Director, Fintech

RJ Carver

Director, Fintech

Brad Sherman

Business Development

Brad Sherman

Brad is the Corporate Partnerships Manager at Plug and Play, responsible for executing strategic partnerships and accelerator programs worldwide. Brad is one of the founders of Plug and Play’s Sustainability in Fashion and Food & Beverage themed innovation platforms. His initiatives at Plug and Play include developing and assisting in running themed accelerators worldwide, including the Plug and Play – Fashion for Good (Amsterdam), Food & Beverage, Brand & Retail, and New Materials & Packaging programs.

Prior to Plug and Play, Brad worked in Supply Chain Management doing business development. Brad holds a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing with an emphasis on International Trade from The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona.

Jordan Bray

Business Development

Jordan Bray

Omeed Mehrinfar

Director, Fintech

Omeed Mehrinfar

Omeed Mehrinfar Director - FinTech: Europe

Plug and Play is the largest startup accelerator, and one of the most active seed-stage startup investors in the world, with 18 offices globally. The ecosystem consists of venture capitalists, industry experts and a network of hundreds of corporations to find the best entrepreneurial talent talent and to help their grow their businesses to the next level. A few portfolio startups include: DropBox, LendingClub, PayPal and N26.

Omeed is a Regional Director of Plug and Play FinTech in Europe. He joined Plug and Play in August 2014 and was placed in his colleague, Scott Robinson's (VP and Global Head of FinTech), team where he was tasked in helping launch a program targeted towards the financial sector. Since the launch of the program in January 2015, Omeed has worked in 4 different accelerator classes with a total of 96 FinTech startups, as well as a list of over 30 corporate partners (BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, to name a few).

Prior to Plug and Play, Omeed graduated from Boston University's Questrom School of Business, with an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Administration.

Dillan Keene

Business Development

Dillan Keene

Candice Hu

Business Development

Candice Hu

Kayvon Deldar

Innovation Manager

Kayvon Deldar

Sobhan Khani

Director, Mobility

Sobhan Khani

Corporate Partnership Associate
Sobhan is corporate partnership manager for Plug and Play IoT and founding member of Plug and Play Mobility; two startup accelerator programs focused on Internet of Things and Mobility related technology. The program has partnered with companies such as Mercedes, Ford, Honeywell, Panasonic and Philips to select the top startups in the IoT/Mobility space.

Sobhan has worked with Plug and Play, a global startup accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley, for the past two years. He manages corporate relationships within Plug and Play with a special focus in IoT/ Mobility. He assists start-ups in the field grow and connect with the right partners. Prior to Plug and Play, Sobhan worked for XEROX as business analyst. Sobhan holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from University of Southern California, 2014.

Shanon Southwick

Director, IoT

Shanon Southwick

Shanon Southwick helps manage the IoT and Mobility acceleration programs and relationships with its corporate partners. Being half-American, half-Japanese and native in both languages, she also oversees many of the Japanese corporate partnerships at Plug and Play including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nippon Life Insurance, Kyocera, NTT Communications, Daikin and Ajinomoto, to name a few. Prior to Plug and Play, she worked for Bloomberg LP in London for 3 years. Shanon holds a B.A. from Waseda University in International Business Management.

Johannes Rott

Business Development

Johannes Rott

Mark Gregory

Business Development

Mark Gregory

Connie Weisman

Business Development

Connie Weisman

Connie is Director of Corporate Partnerships in Health Innovation at Plug and Play Tech Center. She develops strategic partnerships and joint ventures with corporations in the healthcare industry to find business development, licensing, acquisition, and strategic investment opportunities for the Plug and Play startup network. Prior to Plug and Play, Connie was a registered nurse at New York Hospital, and an insurance broker at Marsh. This experience has given her the background knowledge needed to work efficiently with her partners in the Health and Insurance industries. She has successfully, more or less, raised three children and is now enjoying focusing on her own career and figuring out how she would like to spend her free time, now that she has some.

Will Decker

VP, Corp. Partnerships

Will Decker

Alex Cobos

Director, Mexico

Alex Cobos

Corporate Partnerships Mexico

Wade Bitaraf

Director, Energy

Wade Bitaraf

Wade leads the Energy and Sustainability initiative at Plug and Play Technology Center. He’s responsible for managing corporate relationships and startup facing. His passion is in serving startups at the intersection of technology and business.

Wade has co-authored multiple scientific articles in peer reviewed journals. He holds a master of science degree in Chemical engineering from Lamar university and master degree in Petroleum and Natural gas engineering from West Virginia University.

Omer Gozen

VP, New Materials

Omer Gozen

Amir Amidi

Managing Partner

Amir Amidi

Managing Partner of Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation

Fernando Zornig

Business Development

Fernando Zornig

Fernando represents Plug and Play, the largest global technology accelerator. Plug and Play is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. He leads the Corporate Partnership program for the Fintech Innovation Platform, which includes Banco do Brasil and Banco Original at Plug and Play Technology Center.

Fernando works to connect Fortune 500 corporations with an interest in innovation in the financial space with portfolio start-up companies to possibly engage in pilots, licensing deals, strategic partnerships and investment opportunities. Prior to Plug and Play, Fernando worked at Santander Private Banking in São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a Post Baccalaureate in Finance from University of California, Berkeley.

Speaking Engagements: January 2017 – StartSe Accelerator Day

Allen Shi

Business Development

Allen Shi

Brian Tetrud

Business Development

Brian Tetrud

Max Koenig

Business Development

Max Koenig

Corporate Partnerships Business Development, Fintech

Amir Karimpour

Business Development

Amir Karimpour

Yukiko Tsujino

Food Operations

Yukiko Tsujino

Kelly Detro

Senior Operations

Kelly Detro

Kelly Detro is a Senior Operations Manager at Plug and Play, and works on several verticals including Brand & Retail, New Materials & Packaging and Food & Beverage. She is responsible for day-to-day activities regarding corporate partnerships, three-month long accelerator programs, and event coordinating/execution around EXPOs and Selection Days. Additionally, Kelly works to maintain and expand the community by creating relationships with venture capitalists scouting potential co-investment opportunities, new mentors for batch startups and thought leaders in their respective industries. Prior to joining Plug and Play, Kelly worked at an education technology startup as a Marketing Associate to expand a growing network of teachers shifting into the digital world. She holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Hutch Moragne

Business Development

Hutch Moragne

Tim Joehnk

Business Development

Tim Joehnk

Julia Belaya

Business Development

Julia Belaya

Julia develops strategic partnerships and joint ventures with corporations in the healthcare space to find business development, licensing, acquisition, and strategic investment opportunities among Plug and Play's startup network.

Prior to Plug and Play, Julia worked in divorce financial planning and business development for a boutique consulting firm serving high net worth individuals and spent 4 years at Deloitte Consulting in their Oracle Package Technology practice.

Kevin Withstandley

Business Development

Kevin Withstandley

kevin (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com

Kevin is the corporate partnerships manager for the Internet of Things vertical at Plug and Play Tech Center, a global innovation platform headquartered in Silicon Valley. Plug and Play’s IoT vertical currently helps 30 partners such as Philips, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Bosch, and Samsung by introducing them to top tier startups for business development, pilots, investment opportunities, etc. Kevin also runs the Internet of Thursdays meetup consisting of 1,744 members, which helps engage the community around IoT topics, startups, and corporations.

Prior to Plug and Play, Kevin worked for 6 years at Best Buy managing sales teams in different departments while helping grow the regional presence.

Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Entrepreneurship.

Bo Sakowski

Business Development

Bo Sakowski

Business Development – Travel & Hospitality

Matt Helmers

Business Development

Matt Helmers

Fintech Business Development

Colleen Pham

Retail Operations

Colleen Pham

Winston

Dogrector

Winston

Brittany Salas

Berlin Operations

Brittany Salas

Farzin Shadpour

VP, Supply Chain

Farzin Shadpour

Sascha Karimpour

VP Corp. Relations DACH

Sascha Karimpour

Christian Kunz

Business Development

Christian Kunz

Neda Amidi

Investment Director, Health

Neda Amidi

Investment Principal

Neda Amidi is the Investment Director of Health at Plug & Play. She is responsible for sourcing disruptive innovations, leading strategic investments, and managing partnerships with leading corporations including Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

Prior to Plug & Play, Neda worked at Zamzee, a wearable technology startup for teens, and Zong, a mobile payment startup which was acquired by PayPal for $240M. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Santa Clara University.

Laura Marcolin

IoT & Mobility Operations

Laura Marcolin

Elizabeth Kukka

Program Manager, Insurtech

Elizabeth Kukka

Seena Amidi

Director, New Materials & Food

Seena Amidi

Seena Started his career at the successful startup Baarzo. Barrzo automatically creates video tags for any digital video. Baarzo exited to Google in 2014 to help power the world’s second biggest search engine Youtube. After helping integrate the Baarzo team into Google, Seena joined his family business: Plug and Play. At Plug and Play, Seena has founded the New Materials and Packaging Vertical as well as the Food Vertical. As the Director of these two vertical he helps corporations such as Exxonmobil and Pepsico innovate through collaborations with technology startups.

Tricia Floerchinger

Account Manager, Insurtech

Tricia Floerchinger

Lauren Wong

New Materials Operations

Lauren Wong

Victoria Bertasoli

Account Manager, Fintech

Victoria Bertasoli

Marketing Spreading the good word.

Ashlene Ramadan

Fintech Marketing

Ashlene Ramadan

Hadiyah Fain

Insurtech Marketing

Hadiyah Fain

Allison Romero

Video Marketing Manager

Allison Romero

Charlie Hilton

Director, Marketing

Charlie Hilton

Charlie Hilton leads Plug and Play’s global marketing strategy and organization and has spearheaded the company’s rebranding, digital transformation, and organizational improvements.

Charlie has over 10 years of experience building brands, designing (UX, UI, websites, brand assets, and brand language), and leveraging social media and content for B2C and B2B demand creation, sales enablement, product positioning, and brand repositioning.

Prior to Plug and Play, Charlie earned his bachelor's and master's degree in Urban Planning from University College London and University of Pennsylvania. He served as co-founder and CEO at the user generated content platform Urban Times for five years, enabling over 10,000 writers and brands across the world to build their content portfolios and audience in one single system.

Operations, Legal & HR Making it all happen.

Jessica Vargas

Operations Manager

Marc Steiner

General Counsel

Marc Steiner

General Counsel

Kate Reardon

Legal Operations

Kate Reardon

Nicole Cole

HR Manager

Nicole Cole

Belen Jauregui

Front Desk Coordinator

Belen Jauregui

Kimberly Delgadillo

Front Desk Coordinator

Kimberly Delgadillo

Peter Fisher

Legal Operations

Peter Fisher

Raina Shah

Corporate Counsel

Raina Shah

Jackie Hernandez

SVP Operations & Customer Engagement

Jackie Hernandez

Jackie is the Vice President of Operations and Customer Engagement at Plug and Play Tech Center. Jackie is the chief evangelist and founding member of Plug and Play. She oversees the operation of the headquarters and the real estate division and has been instrumental to the creation and maintenance of the Plug and Play community. Jackie has over 20 years of experience in field operations, communications and resource management driving operational profitability and cross-functional relations. Previously, Jackie has worked in diverse corporate and international environments for the petrochemical and automotive industry, with emphasis on supply chain management and international trade. Her passion for innovation and education has taken her to share her startup expertise in several international forums like TEDx, Stanford University, and many other universities and incubators. Jackie holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Angelique Cuevas

HR Operations

Angelique Cuevas

Angelique joined Plug and Play as the Corporate Operations Manager. She has created Training Manuals for new employees consisting of Plug and Play Best Practices, Corporate Facing, and Sales Training, which require consistent updating as PnP continues to grow. Angelique manages all corporate accounts between partners and our Plug and Play team members while working closely with our COO.

Prior to Plug and Play, Angelique worked in the social field organizing and leading psycho-educational work groups between high risk youths and family members.

Angelique holds her M.A in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Argosy University.
International Working across the planet.

Phillip Vincent

Managing Partner, Japan

Phillip Vincent

Phillip is the Director of Plug and Play IoT and Director/Co-Founder of Plug and Play Mobility, two global innovation platforms headquartered in Silicon Valley. The program has partnered with companies such as Mercedes, Bosch, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Ford, Samsung, and Honeywell to select the top startups in the Internet of Things and Mobility space.

Phillip founded and organizes Internet of Thursdays, an event that join industry experts, corporations, entrepreneurs, and big players within IoT and Mobility to discuss about the latest trends in technology. Utilizing his Japanese background, Phillip also manages Japanese corporate partners and has built a bridge between Japanese corporations and Silicon Valley.

Prior to Plug and Play, Phillip worked for a Japanese trading company focused on bringing new ventures from the U.S. to the Japanese market.

Phillip graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Business. 

About Plug and Play Plug and Play is a global innovation platform. We connect startups to corporations, and invest in over 100 companies every year. We have 22 locations across the world with success stories that include PayPal, Dropbox, SoundHound, and Lending Club.

Jupe Tan

SVP, International

Jupe Tan

international (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com
Jupe is overall responsible for international initiatives at Plug and Play, which includes the Plug and Play Accelerator programs for international startups as well as partnerships with multi-national corporations and governments from around the world. He also drives the international expansion and other strategic initiatives for Plug and Play. Plug and Play International has accelerated more than 300 startups from around the world in Silicon Valley and has launched programs and activities in Singapore, Canada, Spain, Russia and Germany. Plug and Play has also invested in over 50 international startups globally. Prior to Plug and Play, Jupe worked for National University of Singapore (NUS) as Program Director of NUS College in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for managing the Silicon Valley operations for NUS. Jupe has led Plug and Play’s investments in ThoughtBuzz, First Meta and Zukami. Jupe holds a BA in Economics from National University of Singapore.

Clara Chaillou

International Operations

Clara Chaillou

Siqi Lin

Business Development

Siqi Lin

Christian Knipfer

Operations Associate

Christian Knipfer

Shawn Dehpanah

VP, Asia Pacific

Shawn Dehpanah

Megan Ramies

Operations Manager

Megan Ramies

International Operations Manager

Chen Zhao

Managing Partner, China

Chen Zhao

chen (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com
Chen is currently spearheading Amidi Group and Plug and Play's startup accelerator and investment initiatives in China. He manages a team that are specialized in both growing local technology startups and helping cutting edge global companies enter into and expand their businesses in China market. Since 2013, Plug and Play China has been in operation in 5 cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou), and Chen’s led and participated in investment and cross-border acceleration of over 50 startups in both China and the U.S., including Intviu.com, Xberts.com, iDareX.com, Vocore.io, Lepow, Acton, Kadho, Crazybaby.com, etc.
Prior to Amidi Group and Plug and Play, Chen worked as the team lead and Sr. Software Engineer at Investment Technology Group (NYSE:ITG), where he led a development team in designing and implementing various Equity and Foreign Exchange trading analytics applications for institutional investment firms.
Chen holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, MS from USC and BS from Beihang University in Computer Science.
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/chenzhaomba

Carolina Marino

Director, LATAM

Carolina Marino

Carolina works with tech startups, international organizations from Mexico and LATAM, connecting and evaluating their technologies and entrepreneurship ecosystems to bring to Plug and Play Tech Center Silicon Valley as a potential company.

She is also sourcing Mexican corporations interested in accessing Silicon Valley in order to stay in the forefront of innovation in their industries.

She was previously a Executive Director for AMVO which is a non-profit organization founded in 2014 by eCommerce leaders in Mexico, which is the first independent eCommerce organization that supports and promotes the eCommerce industry.

She worked as Director for Endeavor that is the leading global movement to catalyze long term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high impact entrepreneurs around the world.

Yael Oppenheimer

Director, Brazil

Yael Oppenheimer

yael (at) plugandplaytechcenter (dot) com
Yael Oppenheimer Director, International Operations
Yael works with high tech startups and international organizations from around the world, both public and private, to connect their technologies and entrepreneurship ecosystems to Silicon Valley. She is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay but is now based in Sunnyvale, California where she enables international entrepreneurs’ access to various resources of Silicon Valley in order to accelerate and validate their business models. Yael directs Plug and Play's International Acceleration Program and serves as the point of contact for the selected entrepreneurs. During her time at Plug and Play, she has worked with over 80 international startups from more than 15 countries.
Yael currently manages Plug and Play’s investment activities in Brazil and works closely with Porto Seguro through their joint accelerator program in Sao Paulo: Oxigenio Aceleradora. She is also the point of contact and evangelist for Latin American Corporations to access Silicon Valley and stay in the forefront of innovation in their industries.
Yael was previously a Business Manager for Software Company in Uruguay where she helped international startups build their technologies with a team of 30+ engineers and designers. She was also an Assistant Professor at ORT University in Uruguay, teaching Financial Mathematics to Business Majors. She spent some time at Babson College, one of the top Entrepreneurship colleges in the United States, and graduated from ORT University with a degree in Business Administration. Yael speaks fluent English and Spanish and is very proud of her multicultural background.

Emily Yu

Cross Border Associate

Emily Yu

Carinna Goh

Community Manager, Singapore

Carinna Goh

Carinna is the community and marketing manager at Plug and Play Asia Pacific, responsible for the building of Plug and Play brand in Asia as well as the development and delivery of the accelerator program. This role requires her to build an active network of entrepreneurs and businesses by bringing like-minded people together through social and community events. She has ran and executed 2 accelerator program in Singapore namely; SPH Plug and Play and Startup Autobahn Singapore, and is currently working on her third accelerator program in Indonesia.

Prior to Plug and Play, Carinna worked in a publication conglomerate focusing in building online publication brands through large scale exhibitions and conferences. She has also worked in marketing and events agency, conceptualising experiential events. Some of her clients includes large technology MNCs, such as IBM. Carinna holds a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing from Royal Melbourne Institute of Management.

Claire Xiong

Director, China Partnerships

Claire Xiong

Chinese Operations

Jie Lun Ong

Operations Manager, Singapore

Jie Lun Ong

Jie Lun manages the country operations for Plug and Play Singapore. This includes daily operations, investment deal sourcing and due diligence, portfolio management of current investments and their follow-on funding reviews.

Previously the Program Manager for SPH Plug and Play accelerator program, he is responsible for the execution of the entire program as well as building and maintaining relationships with a community of investors and mentors

Wayne Soh

Investment Manager, Singapore

Wayne Soh

Bella Zhang

Business Development, China

Bella Zhang

Events & Food Creating memorable moments.

Chris Cummings

Events Coordinator

Chris Cummings

Sarah Chu

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Chu

Gina Krupowicz

Events Coordinator

Gina Krupowicz

Lauren Robinson

Director, Events

Lauren Robinson

Head of Events
I.T. The guardians of our technology.

Joe Krupowicz

Director, IT

Joe Krupowicz

Director, IT

Michael Fong

Systems Administrator

Michael Fong

Anson Chew

IT Associate

Anson Chew

Syed Azhar

CIO

Syed Azhar

VP of IT
Advisors With help from some of the smartest.

Joe Taylor

CEO of Panasonic North America

Joe Taylor

Michael Calbert

Former Head of Retail for KKR

Michael Calbert

Former Head of Retail for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Charles Steinberg

Charles Steinberg

charles@plugandplaytechcenter.com
Experience:
  • CEO at CAS Associates
  • Previously:
    • President, Business and Professional
    • Products Company at Sony
    • President, Business and Professional Company at Sony Electronics
    • President at Ampex COrporation

Bio:
Starting in 1988, Mr. Steinberg was President of the Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics Inc. with responsibility for products and systems for the broadcast and business/industrial markets in the United States. He served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Cinema Products Corporation. He also served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Sony Trans Com Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary providing in-flight entertainment systems.
Effective July 1st, 1999, he retired from Sony and then served as consultant to Sony Electronics. a member of the Board of Directors of Silicon Graphics(SGI), and an advisor to both the eye IO and Vioozer Corporations and a Member of the Board of Directors of Plug and Play.
He was an Executive in Residence for the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Davis, California, teaching a course on entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Sony in 1988,he was with the Ampex Corporation for 25 years serving in various positions including president, and chief executive officer and chairman of the board.
He has received three Emmy Awards. The first was the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy which was presented “in recognition of many contributions to electronic technology during his career at Ampex and Sony. A second Emmy Award was for production and broadcast of the first four National Football League (NFL) games in High Definition Television. The third Emmy Award was for technical efforts at the Games of the XXVII Olympics in Australia.
He was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Broadcasters Association (NAB) Convention in 1999 from Broadcasting and Cable in recognition of contributions to electronic technology during a professional lifetime. He was also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound (ITS). In December 2008, Charles Steinberg was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
He is a Lifetime Fellow of The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and a recipient of the Presidential Proclamation Award from that organization.
He served on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute for ten years. He was also on the Board of Trustees for the Vision Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the life of visually impaired individuals. He received an award from this organization for “superior achievements” and “professional excellence and social involvement”.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957.

Mohsen Moazami

Founder of Columbus Nova Technology Partners

Mohsen Moazami

Founder of Columbus Nova Technology Partners

Zarko Maletin

Venture Partner

Zarko Maletin




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