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From Paper to Platform: Fireside Chat with Saeed Amidi

ZUUM Transportation hosted the webinar, From Paper to Platform: Adopting Logistics Technology Through Collaboration & Partnerships on March 11th, 2021 where they invited industry experts, venture capitalists, executives, and founders to share their insight. Watch the full recording on-demand here.

For our first fireside chat, ZUUM’s COO,  Matt Tabatabai sat down with the Founder and CEO of Plug and Play Ventures, Saeed Amidid. They covered a range of topics from how Amidi got started in the tech industry to what his vision is for the future of Plug and Play.

For  those who are unfamiliar with Amidi’s story, his journey into the investment space began with a building he rented out for commercial space. One tenant in particular offered to pay several month’s rent in advance if Amidi would be willing to invest in his startup. That tenet was Peter Thiel, Founder of Paypal. Former tenants also included early-stage startups like Google, Logitech, and Danger.

Amidi has had the opportunity to meet and work with ambitious entrepreneurs worldwide. He aims to connect and expand their reach globally to help further their success. 

Prior to the pandemic, Plug and Play’s global offices were hosting in-person events on a regular basis. As lockdowns went into effect, the company needed to adapt quickly. Shortly  after, they moved all their events online. He noticed that their virtual events gained global attention and grew attendance by ten folds.