A powerful startup accelerator in San Diego.

What is Plug and Play San Diego?



Partnering with principals of StartupCircle and Interwest Capital, Plug and Play San Diego has a proven track record of accelerating entrepreneurial companies in the San Diego area, increasing their access to the dynamic resources of Silicon Valley and San Diego, and increasing the chances of commercial success.

Partnering with Startup Circle and Interwest Capital, Plug and Play co-invests in early high-tech companies in the San Diego region, accelerate their growth and provide them with a direct route to success.


Meet the Team


Robert Reyes

Partner

Robert Reyes

Robert has co-founded or invested in startups since 2001 in a diverse number of industries from mobile, Life Sciences, web-development, software, fashion and clean-tech. In addition he has been involved with Corporations such as Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Baxter Healthcare, Conexant Systems, TRW Aerospace and Stone Brewing Company in roles responsible for the Sourcing, Buying, Business development, Contract Negotiation, Technology Identification, Services Pricing and Capital Equipment Selection. Robert has negotiated multimillion dollar deals in countries such as Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Switzerland. Robert received his Bachelor of Accountancy and Supply Chain Management from the University of San Diego. In 2002 he received his Masters of Business Administration, from Pepperdine University focused in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Articles: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2014/jan/13/9-people-watch-business-science-community-hp/

Gabriela Dow

Partner

Gabriela Dow

Gabriela has over 20 years of experience in communications, technology and marketing. She is an advisor for multiple tech startups, public agency programs, and is a frequent speaker, moderator and media source for topics such as e-Government, Smart Cities, entrepreneurship and development of innovation culture within large enterprise organizations. Her experience launching and managing tech startups includes working as a founding member of the e-Government software company GovPartner (launched in San Diego in 2000, acquired by Cartegraph in 2013), sole founder of the online registration portal Friends With Class (in 2007) and digital media startup ConLimon (in 1999). In addition to serving as a partner building Plug and Play in San Diego, Gabriela has also been instrumental in developing the Communications Plan for the world’s largest biotech incubator (Bio, Tech & Beyond) operated as a public/private partnership by the City of Carlsbad and has overseen more than 100 e-Government implementations. She serves as an advisor to tech startups in Southern California and Mexico, and consults for cities and public agencies through Mora Dow Consulting. Gabriela began her career in print journalism and television news, including work at two CNN bureaus (Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles) and CBS News in Los Angeles. She served as a press advance staffer for a presidential re-election campaign and worked at the White House Office of Public Liaison (known today as the Office of Public Engagement). Gabriela also worked as an intergovernmental affairs officer for Governor Pedro Rossello before joining a La Jolla-based public affairs firm in 1999 where she managed public outreach programs for major environmental and public works projects. Gabriela currently serves as a board member for the Valley Education Foundation and member of the Technology Advisory Committee for the Poway Unified School District. She served on the board of Habitat for Humanity from 1999 to 2005, elected as both the board President and Vice President. She obtained her B.A. from UCLA.

Saeed Amidi

CEO & Founder

Saeed Amidi

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.

Alex Roudi

Partner

Alex Roudi

Alex Roudi is a successful entrepreneur and investor, whose track record in early stage technology and real estate investments date back to the early 2000s. Mr. Roudi has led transactions of over $550 million since 2003. Mr. Roudi is founder and chairman of Interwest Capital Corporation. Prior to Interwest, Mr. Roudi was the founder of Coverall North America Inc. where he served as CEO until its sale in July 1998. From an initial investment of $8,000, Mr. Roudi guided Coverall to a $250 million global organization with 68 regional offices, 6,000 franchise units and over 25,000 corporate customers worldwide. Mr. Roudi is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. He is also a graduate of UC Berkeley and Purdue University, with M.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering, respectively. Mr. Roudi has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization since 1992, serving in various officer and board positions. He and his wife are active members of their community and support a number of charitable organizations in the San Diego area.

Our Advisors


Allison Long Pettine

Allison Long Pettine

President of Crescent Ridge Partners

Howard Leonhardt

Howard Leonhardt

Founder of Leonhard Ventures, CalXStars and California Stock Xchanage

Alireza Masrour

Alireza Masrour

plugandplaytechcenter.com

VP of Technology Investment at Plug and Play

Greg McKee

Greg McKee

CEO of Connect

Lada Rasochova

Lada Rasochova

Managing Director of the Rady Venture Fund

Bernie Schroeder

Bernie Schroeder

Director of Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University

Mitch Thrower

Mitch Thrower

events.com

Founder and Chairman of Events.com

Michael Umansky

Michael Umansky

Partner at Sheppard Mullin, LLP

Kim Davis King

Kim Davis King

Business Development at Cashie and Professor at UCSD and SDSU

Mike Alfred

Co-Founder and Ceo of Brightscope

Nathan Fletcher

Nathan Fletcher

Senior Director of Global Strategic Initiatives of Qualcomm

David Titus

David Titus

Senior Vice President at Cooley, LLP

Greg Lucier

Greg Lucier

Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Life Technologies