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.

Alireza Masrour

Managing Partner

Alireza Masrour

Shelby Golan

Startup Camp

Shelby Golan

Investment Executive Assistant

Laura Marcolin

University Investment Associate

Laura Marcolin

Roja Amrollah

Investment Outreach Manager

Roja Amrollah

Corporate Partnerships Strategic Dealflow.

Alex Cobos

Director, Mexico

Alex Cobos

Corporate Partnerships Mexico

Keith Lee

Corp. Relations Manager

Keith Lee

Seena Amidi

Business Development

Seena Amidi

Corporate Partnerships

Allen Beyer

Business Development

Allen Beyer

Max Koenig

Fintech Operations

Max Koenig

Corporate Partnerships Operations

Michael Zayonc

Business Development

Kelly Detro

Retail Operations

Kelly Detro

Candace Widdoes

COO

Candace Widdoes

Candace is the COO at Plug and Play Tech Center

Candace oversees and defines corporate-focused initiatives within Plug and Play’s various themed acceleration programs.

Candace’s initiatives at Plug and Play include developing and running the Plug and Play Volkswagen Accelerator, Insurance Accelerator, Brand & Retail Accelerator, Internet of Things Accelerator, and Financial & Security Accelerator.

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 B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Julia Belaya

Business Development

Julia Belaya

Robin Ardeshir

Director, Media & Mobile

Robin Ardeshir

Director of Media & Mobile

Bo Sakowski

Business Development

Bo Sakowski

Business Development – Travel & Hospitality

Michael Olmstead

VP, Corp. Partnerships

Michael Olmstead

Michael Olmstead is the founding partner and director of Plug and Play Retail, an investment vehicle and accelerator focused on technology startups in the brand and retail space. Michael led 22 investments in 2014 and is in charge of managing all strategic corporate partners in the retail space. Some of his partners include Target, Panasonic, P&G, Kohl’s, Mars, Simon Properties, Pizza Hut, and Home Depot. Prior to his current role, Michael was in with a Plug and Play portfolio company called Zuli, a bluetooth automation company backed by Menlo Ventures and Logitech. Michael graduated from Whittier College with a BA in both Business Administration and Economics with minors in International Business and Marketing.

Winston

Dogrector

Winston

Scott Robinson

VP, Fintech

Scott Robinson

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.

Tessa Imbrie

IoT Operations

Tessa Imbrie

Phillip Vincent

Director, IoT

Phillip Vincent

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Pouya Tehranian

Business Development

Pouya Tehranian

Astrid Benson

Health Operations

Astrid Benson

RJ Carver

Business Development

RJ Carver

Corporate Development Manager

Brad Sherman

Business Development

Brad Sherman

Omeed Mehrinfar

Business Development

Omeed Mehrinfar

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Dillan Keene

Business Development

Dillan Keene

Sobhan Khani

Business Development

Sobhan Khani

Corporate Partnership Associate

Ashlene Ramadan

Fintech Operations

Ashlene Ramadan

Connie Weisman

Director, Health

Connie Weisman

Service Partner Manager

Shanon Southwick

Business Development

Shanon Southwick

Sascha Karimpour

VP Corp. Relations DACH

Sascha Karimpour

Christian Kunz

Corp. & Startup Relations

Christian Kunz

Neda Amidi

Investment Director, Health

Neda Amidi

Investment Principal

Amir Amidi

Managing Partner

Amir Amidi

Managing Partner of Travel and Hospitality Center of Innovation
Operations, Legal & HR Making it all happen.

Jessica Vargas

Operations Manager

Marc Steiner

Legal Counsel

Marc Steiner

Legal Counsel

Kate Reardon

Legal Operations

Kate Reardon

Nicole Cole

HR Manager

Nicole Cole

Angelique Cuevas

EA & Corp.Operations

Angelique Cuevas

Belen Jauregui

Front Desk Coordinator

Belen Jauregui

Summer Dahlquist

Front Desk Coordinator

Summer Dahlquist

Breana Hume

Associate, Corporate Development

Breana Hume

Oscar Gutierrez

Real Estate Manager, Sunnyvale

Oscar Gutierrez

Real Estate Manager, Sunnyvale

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).
Marketing Spreading the good word.

Yelena Kasianova

Marketing Manager

Yelena Kasianova

Allison Romero

Video Marketing Manager

Allison Romero

Charlie Hilton

Charlie Hilton

Ventures Finding the next big thing.

Ivan Zgomba

Partner

Ivan Zgomba

George Damouny

Principal

George Damouny

Amy Castro

Ventures Admin

Amy Castro

Kristians Karlsons

Ventures Associate

Kristians Karlsons

Catherina Wang

Senior Associate

Catherina Wang

Alex Tran

Ventures Associate

Alex Tran

Kevin Parakkattu

Ventures Associate

Kevin Parakkattu

Kevin Wang

Ventures Associate

Kevin Wang

Emiko Pond

Ventures Operations Manager

Emiko Pond

Ventures Operations Manager

Ali Safavi

Director, Insurance / Senior Associate

Ali Safavi

International Working across the planet.

Megan Ramies

Operations Manager, International

Megan Ramies

International Operations Manager

Jupe Tan

VP, International Operations

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.

Yael Oppenheimer

Director, International Operations

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.

Claire Xiong

Director, China Partnerships

Claire Xiong

Chinese Operations

Yichen Gao

Operations Manager, China

Yichen Gao

Jie Lung

Operations Manager, Singapore

Jie Lung

Lynnette Liu

Operations Associate, International

Lynnette Liu

Wayne Soh

Investment Manager, China

Wayne Soh

Will Peckham

Director, China Cross Border

Will Peckham

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.

Emily Yu

Cross Border Associate

Emily Yu

Events & Food Creating memorable moments.

Lauren Robinson

Director, Events

Lauren Robinson

Head of Events

James Beaumier

Executive Chef

James Beaumier

James Beaumier is the Executive Chef here at Plug and Play. James provides a hot, fresh lunch for the Plug and Play community, Monday through Friday. He is directly involved in all of Plug and Play's events; from EXPOs to break services for board meetings.

Chris Cummings

Events Coordinator

Chris Cummings

Sarah Sotelo

Event Sales & Mktg. Manager

Sarah Sotelo

I.T. The guardians of our technology.

Syed Azhar

CIO

Syed Azhar

VP of IT

Joe Krupowicz

Director, IT

Joe Krupowicz

Director, IT

Michael Fong

Systems Administrator

Michael Fong

Ron Teo

Technology Evangelist

Ron Teo

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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