A fund, a studio, and people who really know how to make things.


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Sense, Plan, Act.

February 4th, 2016 by Andy Rubin

Redefining venture capital for the era of tech industrialists.

Playground has a $300 million fund for the sole purpose of backing entrepreneurs envisioning the future of the connected world through software defined hardware.

Cash is king, but not a commodity. Our team has shipped breakthrough products and built foundational companies. Now we are dedicated to building a firm that serves the next generation of entrepreneurs bold enough to build hardware.

Teach us about the future.

If you are building a great hardware product or a product for the hardware ecosystem, we’d like to hear about it.

Start the pitch process

Our people and partners are experts in turning ideas into reality.

We’ve been gathering specialists who can help you navigate product design. Our team is multi-disciplined and enthusiastic about helping other people avoid the pitfalls that face many entrepreneurs.

We’ve partnered with some of the best companies in the world who can act as strategic partners to bring your products to life. Many of these partners are also our investors, so they have an inherent interest in seeing your company succeed

Meet our people.

Our team includes hardware engineers, product designers, software developers, and operations gurus. Get to know them.

Andy Rubin Founder & CEO Matt Hershenson Founder Bruce Leak Founder & “Groundskeeper” Peter Barrett Founder & CTO Adam Newman Head of IT Alistair Inglis Conceptual Designer Anh Nguyen Design Principal Armando Atienza Software Engineer Avinash Mahadeva Senior Systems Engineer Chris Coley Senior Systems Engineer Chris Kraeutle Senior Product Designer Clinton Lazzari Senior Hardware Engineer Dan Morrill Software Engineer Daniel Yum Embedded Software Engineer Gabby Halberg UX Software Engineer George Ketigian Senior Prototyping Engineer Guocong Song Data Scientist Hemary Kuoch Executive Manager Hoang Nguyen Design Principal Jade Lai Venture Associate Jeff Freburg Head of Employee Experience Jory Bell VP of Product Development Kenyon Han Product Manager Kim Watson Accounting Supervisor Kristin Beach CFO Lea Lyberopoulos Assistant Controller Liz Li Visual/Concept Designer Mario Malave Venture Associate Mark Valdez Principal, Playground Ventures Mel Sezto Head of Talent Management Mike Simmons Director of Product Design Parijat Gupta Software Engineer Patrick Hahn Senior Reliability and Verification Engineer Richard Huang Technical Recruiter Sarah Chaudary Product Design Engineer Sharvil Nanavati Principal Software Engineer Shinya Suzuki Embedded System (HW & SW) Designer Sylvia Benavidez Head of Studio Tiffany Kryze Product Collimation Specialist Todd Austin Director of Operations Vilma Roa Receptionist Will Lee Firmware Systems Engineer Xiaoyu Miao Principal Hardware Engineer Cosmo Midway

Our friends are your friends.

We have established relationships with partners that can help as products move from design to manufacturing.


We partner with global contract manufacturers as well as ODM service providers, to help you get things made.


Our relationships with top semiconductor companies means we can give aggregate pricing to portfolio companies while our software team focuses on perfecting the user experience.


Cloud services are a great way to reduce initial capital costs and get to market faster. Our partners in this category will offer their cloud services at a reduced cost to Playground portfolio companies.


Marketing and distribution are often cited as reasons hit products fail, these companies will help you get your products in the hands of your audience.


Today’s successful consumer products are often connected products - they connect to each other as well as hosted infrastructure. Partners in this category provide the technology and services for hosted infrastructure.

We’re hiring.

The following roles are open on the Playground team and some of the startups we host at our facility.