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Silicon Valley Crash Pad Becomes Crash Course for Global Startups

A Plug and Play event, where people worldwide come to meet up. Photographer: Plug and Play Tech Center via Bloomberg
A Plug and Play event, where people worldwide come to meet up. Photographer: Plug and Play Tech Center via Bloomberg

There's a United Nations feel to Silicon Valley's Plug and Play Tech Center . Amid people speaking French and Russian, a group from Hong Kong recently toured the startup accelerator, where more than a dozen foreign flags hung prominently in the lobby.

The decorations aren't just for show. Seven years after Saeed Amidi started a real estate venture to provide cheap and easy office space to startups, his Plug and Play has evolved into the go-to place for international entrepreneurs in need of connections, capital and talent.