Saeed Amidi is a seasoned investor and executive with over 30 years of experience growing businesses in numerous industries, including real estate, bottled water, packaging, and technology investing. Following the early success of his various businesses, The Amidi Group initially purchased a building in Palo Alto and decided to rent the extra office spaces to startups.
Once home to several of the first and most notable startups, the property, deemed the “Lucky Building,” has seen a surplus of successful startups and entrepreneurs come through its doors, including Larry Page and Sergey Brin from Google, Pierluigi Zappacosta from Logitech, Peter Thiel from PayPal, and Andy Rubin from Danger. Over the years, Saeed realized the unique position this building put his family and businesses in as investors.
As the CEO and founder of Plug and Play, Saeed applies his passion for the tech industry daily by working with forward-thinking partners and the best global startups to facilitate positive change worldwide. Since Plug and Play’s launch in 2006, the company has worked with over 50,000 startups, made over 1,500 investments, and boasts over 30 unicorns including Dropbox, PayPal, Lending Club, N26, and Honey. Similar to his unexpected success with the “Lucky Building,” Saeed considered himself lucky overall when he moved to Silicon Valley in the late 70s, where he was then unaware of the ecosystem it would become.
In the midst of all his entrepreneurial pursuits, Saeed never lost sight of what matters most: family. He has encouraged the importance of building strong relationships both personally and professionally. With Plug and Play being a family-owned business, he’s implemented a work culture that supports employees and makes them feel like they are part of the family.
Saeed is recognized in the community along with many successful serial entrepreneurs and veteran financial executives. His contributions to the technology industry and charitable efforts supporting disruptive startups have made him a notable professional in many circles. Out of the office, you can find him on the golf course or spending time with his family.