Saeed is a technology investor, serial entrepreneur, and seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies, as well as investing in early-stage startups. He has successfully started and scaled businesses both domestically and internationally including countries such as: Japan, Germany, France, Austria, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico.
Saeed founded Plug and Play, the ultimate innovation platform, in 2006. Since then, the Plug and Play portfolio has raised over $9 billion and has gained invaluable support alongside Plug and Play’s network of over 10,000 startups. With 30+ locations worldwide and 400+ VC Partners, Plug and Play has extended Silicon Valley’s expertise across the world.
Saeed has actively invested in startups since 1998. He has invested in high-growth startups such as PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), Honey (Acquired by PayPal), Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), DropBox (NASDAQ: DBX), LendingClub (NYSE: LC), Tenor (Acquired by Google), and Deepscale.AI (Acquired by Tesla). Some of his other investments include Rappi, N26, Hippo Insurance, SoundHound, ProcessGold (Acquired by UiPath), api.ai (Acquired by Google), Drastin (Acquired by Splunk), Grove (Acquired by Wealthfront), PowerPlan (Acquired by Roper), Aquantia (Acquired by Marvell), Kamcord (Acquired by Lyft), NextBio (Acquired by Illumina), URX (Acquired by Pinterest), and ChangeCoin (Acquired by Airbnb).
Saeed co-founded the Amidi Group in 1980, a conglomerate of privately-held business enterprises consisting of several domestic and international entities with significant manufacturing, distribution, trading, retail, and real estate holdings.
Saeed is an active member of the technology community, helping bring together entrepreneurs and Fortune 1000 Companies alike. 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.