by Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA Technology Network
It’s great to see my friend, Plug and Play’s CEO Saeed Amidi profiled in BusinessWeek. Since 2006, Saeed and his staff have been the host of our ANZA Gateway to the US Summit and other events at the Plug and Play Tech Center incubator facility in the Silicon Valley town of Sunnyvale.
I’ve had the pleasure to watch Saeed’s business grow over the past four years to other incubator facilities in the Valley and beyond, which makes our ANZA connection all the more special, since we continue to hold our events at the original site of this venture.
The Plug and Play Tech Center is a favorite venue for ANZA companies when they come to the Vallley for the Gateway because it really offers them a “taste test” of what it is like to work here. Throughout the time they spend at Plug and Play the ANZA companies are repeatedly exposed to other entrepreneurs with start-ups, executives in residence and other important people in Silicon Valley who pass through the incubator on a regular basis for one of the many company pitch sessions or networking opportunities. Plug and Play welcomes businesses from all over the world, which creates an international atmosphere that mirrors Silicon Valley as whole.
Plug and Play has been a temporary home to several ANZA Gateway and Fast Track companies as they establish their US base here and ANZA TechNet members who have taken part in the executive-in-residence program.
We’re pleased to be holding the 2009 ANZA Gateway to the US Summit at Plug and Play again this year, October 5-7. We’ll be including this piece on Saeed Amidi and Plug and Play in our Gateway handbook, but if you’d like to read more about this energetic environment for start-up and early-stage tech entrepreneurs now, click here. It’s not too early to start thinking beyond the Gateway Summit to what I consider not only prime Silicon Valley office space at a truly affordable price but a real Silicon Valley experience all the way around.