Matt Hershenson

Founder

Biography

Matt Hershenson

Founder

Matt Hershenson co-founded Danger in 1999 with Andy Rubin and Joe Britt. He was responsible for hardware design, development and manufacturing of the T-Mobile Sidekick, a device known for a distinctive flip screen that revealed a full QWERTY keyboard. Danger was bought by Microsoft in February of 2008.

Matt joined Google in 2010 as director of Android Hardware. He built and ran a team that encompassed hardware development from industrial and product design to electrical engineering, regulatory compliance, and manufacturing operations.

“It's really cool working on products that become pop-culture fixture like the Sidekick and ones that shipped billions of units like Android” he says. “You can't ask for more than that.”

At Playground, Matt is partial to the prototype lab, from the Oscilloscopes and soldering irons, to the dual-mode laser cutter and 3D printers (all 8 of them).

With all of his experience bringing successful consumer electronics to the masses, Matt says there are three things that keep him engaged: an interesting problem worth solving, working with people he likes and respects, and having great tools.

“If you're working on the right things, and if you're working with the right people,” he says, "the right equipment enables imagination and execution.”

“Our goal at Playground is to be the best place for a hardware startup to ship a product,” he says. “That's why I'm here.”


Director: Google, Android hardware team
Co-founder and SVP of Hardware: Danger, T-Mobile Sidekick
Systems Architect: Philips Semiconductors, Sharp Mobilon, Philips Nino, Compaq C-series handheld chipsets