Hailing from tech giants to upstarts, the folks at Playground bring deep technical, design and operational expertise to help grow companies and build ecosystems. Our cross-functional team knows how to execute and scale at every stage of a business.

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Why did you create Playground? 

Every ten years or so we see shifts in ecosystems and how they develop. Our investments are planting the seeds for the next tech ecosystem. 

Andy Rubin
Founding Partner

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

The holodeck will be used for “in-person” meetings making the daily commute unnecessary. Decoupling where we live from where we work will obviate the need for many office buildings and transit systems.

Bruce Leak
Founding Partner

Why did you create Playground?

We wanted to create the kind of place we wish existed when we were building our companies. One of the greatest benefits we can provide to entrepreneurs is making sure they don't make the same mistakes we made. 

Matt Hershenson
Founding Partner

What's your favorite thing about Playground?

I learn something new here everyday working with our team at the boundaries of hardware, software and AI. I'm inspired by entrepreneurs building watershed technologies that are challenging but consequential.

 

Peter Barrett
Founding Partner

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

The wheel. Most else is prone to obsolescence.

Adam Newman
Head of Infrastructure Operations

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Enlightenment Now" by Steven Pinker

Alistair Inglis
Conceptual Designer

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Play on, player.

Anh Nguyen
Design Principal

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

How to create something out of nothing.

Chika Nakasu
Executive Manager

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Imagination.

Chris Coley
Senior Systems Engineer

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz & Hill

Clinton Lazzari
Senior Hardware Engineer

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... making and/or consuming pickles and/or videogame content.

Dan Morrill
Software Engineer

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Keep on digging until you understand the core essence of the problem. You can only control things that you really, truly understand.

Daniel Yum
Embedded Software Engineer

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... figuring out how to help fight plastic pollution.

Gabby Halberg
UX Software Engineer

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Perfection to the fringe of a deadline.

George Ketigian
Senior Prototyping Engineer

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms" by Luo Guanzhong, but the English translation may lose some cultural meaning.

Guocong Song
Data Scientist

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr Seuss. We often get caught up by logic & reason and don't take shots at the unusual. Try new things. Love the journey, not the destination.

Hoang Nguyen
Design Principal

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Ideas are cheap and often easy, execution is hard and is what deserves the reward.

Isaac Nobel
Software Engineer

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... moving from city to city to open restaurants, wine bars, and speakeasies.

Jade Lai
Venture Principal

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Kitchen Confidential" by Anthony Bourdain .. Gives you a glimpse into the Hospitality world.

Jeff Freburg
Head of Studio Experience

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

I want to learn about anything and everything!

Julia Huang
Software Engineer

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... working with Playground!

Kendall Chow
Studio Engineering Program Lead

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Honesty, integrity, hard work and the desire to have fun and make a difference every day.

Kim Watson
Finance Manager

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

"You can’t do the same things others do and expect to outperform" --Howard Marks

Mark Valdez
Venture

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Furiously Happy" by Jenny Lawson

Meghan Black
Finance Associate
Quote icon Created with Sketch. Say there are 3 people in the world who are the experts on a certain technology, well all of them are sitting here at Playground. Alex Teichman CEO & Co-founder, Lighthouse AI

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Walking up the spider monkey bars without hands. Falling just teaches you how not to fall the same way next time.

Mel Sezto
Head of Talent Management

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Henry David Thoreau’s mantra “Simplify, simplify, simplify!” Applying to product design (paring down to bare essence) drives precision and elegance.

Mike Simmons
Head of Product Design

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

Transportation v2.0. Flying cars and Hyperloop.

Parijat Gupta
Software Engineer

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

Lab grown organs.

Patrick Hahn
Senior Reliability and Verification Engineer

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Pat Nako
Infrastructure Support Engineer

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.

Rachel Wong
Talent Analyst

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Capitalism...I solved Rubik's cubes for lunch money.

Ralph Ho
Chief eXploration Officer

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Always bring appropriate footwear.

Richard Becker
Prototype Machinist

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"Mindset" by Carol Dweck. I also highly recommend "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari.

Richard Huang
Technical Recruiter

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

Print at home clothes with reusable filament. Bespoke clothes - style, fit and color - that are benign to the environment.

Sandy Taylor
CFO

What's the most valuable life skill you learned as a kid on the playground?

Just have fun!

Sarah Chaudary
Product Design Engineer

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Embrace new challenges, stay curious, wear cool shoes.

Shari Doherty
VP of Marketing & Communications

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

It is what it is, be adaptable, live in the moment, and have no expectations.

Shinya Suzuki
Embedded System (HW & SW) Designer

What's your "must read" book recommendation?

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Sylvia Benavidez
Head of Programs

What invention will be ubiquitous when your kids are your age?

Technologies that enable society to be far more nomadic. People will no longer need to live and work in close proximity, or in a fixed location.

Tiffany Kryze
Product Collimation Specialist

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Forging an idea into a successful company is hard. Focus is essential, but the real fuel is the team​ ​of people that you build around your vision.

Todd Austin
Head of Studio Operations

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... a writer for Comedy Central.

Victoria Sun
Venture Associate

If you weren't working at Playground, right now you'd be ...

... spending time with kids/family/loved ones and beach bumming.

Vilma Roa
Receptionist

What philosophy or vision guides your work?

Digitize the physical world at scale and make the data accessible and useful.

Xiaoyu Miao
Chief eXploration Officer