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A Taste of Plug and Play Tech Center

Every startup needs help -- legal, accounting, banking and most of all software services!

I had a chance to visit Plug and Play (the one in Sunnyvale) yesterday. I met Will Farino, who discussed at great length about the services that Plug and Play was offering to startups and he also showed me around the place.

"We work with about 300 tech startups with 2 to 80 people -- may they be hardware or software focused -- and we offer office space, mentoring, funding, and other services such as providing them (startups) legal assistance," said Will. "Of course we screen our startups to make sure we have a healthy ecosystem and they don't poach on or exploit the other teams."

Plug and Play | Software Development for Startups

The ground floor housed a bunch of leased office spaces with high dividers and a datacenter (I think, if not datacenter's at the second floor). Cafeteria was at the second floor. There was also a big balcony just beside the cafeteria, about a 3000 sq ft auditorium to the other side, and more offices spaces. Admin offices occupied third floor plus a smaller events room for more intimate sessions.

Plug and Play's calendar is way busy and you should see for yourself here. I may visit again next week for the Mobile Innovators Meetup or the Executive In Residence session next Friday. EIR one of their mentoring programs.

Why did I even bother to go to Sunnyvale (I got lost around E. Duane by the way)? To get Exist (that's where I work at) signed up as a technology delivery partner (and yes, have our logo displayed at the ground-floor showcase). Jojo Flores, Co-Founder at Plug and Play, mentioned about building a matching program for startups and software development companies like Exist about a month ago and I'm off to meet Billy Ick of Contineo this November to get this effort moving.

Later that night (after a brief networking event at the cafeteria and a sales meeting), I attended a Health 2.0 event at the mini auditorium ... I built an impromptu video that captured one of the lightning talks -- link it here once I'm done uploading to Vimeo.

I told one of the organizers, Akshar (CEO of InfoMeters.com) that I'd like to pitch next time about Medcurial -- a clinic practice management that enables doctors to track their patient's health and monitor their clinic practice, anywhere and anytime.

Pictures of the Health 2.0 event here: http://bit.ly/R97snk.

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Macel Legaspi is a tech enthusiast, writer, and Director for Marketing at Exist -- the Philippines software powerhouse in Java and Ruby on Rails.

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