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

 

Nervana Systems to be acquired by Intel

August 9th, 2016 by Peter Barrett

 

View from the Playground

April 20th, 2016 by Mark Valdez

 

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.

Our friends are your friends.

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

Manufacturing

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

Semiconductor

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.

Internet

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.

Distribution

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.

Infrastructure

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.