How to Raise $100M in a Pandemic

How to Raise $100M in a Pandemic
Aug. 11, 2020
9:00AM - 10:00AM PDT
Virtual Event. Please note that the time specified is PDT.

Please join us in a fireside chat with Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO of Plug and Play, Husayn Kassai, co-founder and CEO of Onfido, and Mike Zappert, Partner at TPG Growth. These three heavy-hitters will discuss tips and tricks to grow and operate businesses during this time. Onfido just raised $100M from TPG and is a market leader in background checks and digital identity.


Saeed Amidi - CEO and Founder, Plug and Play

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 1,000 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.

Husayn Kassai - CEO and Co-Founder, Onfido

Husayn Kassai is the Onfido CEO and Co-Founder. Onfido uses AI to verify any government ID and then compares it with the person’s facial biometrics. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 400 across SF, NYC and London; received over $200m in funding from TPG, Salesforce, Microsoft and others; and works with over 1,500 fintech, banking and marketplace clients globally – helping them onboard more users while reducing risk. Husayn is a WEF Tech Pioneer; a Forbes Contributor; and Forbes' “30 Under 30”. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.

Mike Zappert - Partner, TPG Growth

Mike is a Partner at TPG Growth, the $19 billion growth equity and middle market platform of TPG, the $78 billion global alternative asset firm. Mike leads all aspects of TPG's Software & Enterprise Technology Growth investing and strategy across the TPG Growth and The Rise Fund platforms. Some of TPG Growth’s companies in Software & Enterprise Technology include: Box (BOX),, Checkmarx, Dreambox Learning, EverFi, Expanse, GreenSky, Kaseya,, Onfido, Renaissance Learning, Sauce Labs, Tanium, and Zscaler (ZS).


  • Saeed Amidi Plug and Play Tech Center CEO & Founder

    Saeed Amidi

    CEO and Founder - Plug and Play
  • Husayn Kassai

    Husayn Kassai

    CEO and Co-Founder - Onfido
  • Mike Zappert

    Mike Zappert

    Partner - TPG Growth

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