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Playground Global

Playground Global

U.S-based venture capital firm funding early-stage hardware-developer companies.

Playground Global is an incubator, accelerator, and venture capital firm founded in 2014. The firm was established by Andy Rubin, Bruce Leak, Matt Hershenson, and Peter Barrett. It is based in Palo Alto, California.



As of March 2019, the firm has 29 companies and its portfolio and has sold off its shares in five companies. In December 2018 for RightHand Robotics, a company developing robotics solution for supply chain purposes.

Funding

Playground Global specializes in funding companies that are building software-based hardware. Playground Global focuses on investing on companies in the early stage of development. Since 2016, the firm has raised a fund total of $540 million across two funding rounds. Its latest round was held in January 2017, amassing $40 million.



Playground Global's investments include Relativity Space, Next Silicon, Robust.AI, Strand Therapeutics, Owl Labs, Ayar Labs, RapidSOS, Virta, Agility Robotics, Algolux, Anjuna, Artificial, Blockfolio, Branch Metrics, uAvionix, Devialet, Essential Products, SUBPAC and Fathom Computing. 



They have exited investments in eero, DeepScale, Canvas Technology, Nervana and MileZero.

Timeline

Funded Companies

11 Results
Company
Company
Description
Description
Website
Website
Industry
Industry
Location
Location

Branch Metrics is a deep linking and business analytics platform offering developer tools for large and independent mobile application companies.

Through vision and voice, Lighthouse eliminates common problems with Internet-based cameras such as, false alerts triggered by shadows and pets, and scrubbing through video.

A company developing process of building and flying rockets

Nauto is a Palo Alto, California-based company founded by Stefan Heck.

RapidSOS is a New York City-based company.

Virtahealth is a healthcare company founded by Sami Inkinen.

Associated investment funds

5 Results
Investment Fund
Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Location
Date signed
Date signed
40,000,000
40,000,000
January 11, 2017
300,000,000
242,424,242
April 6, 2015

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Adam Newman

Head of Infrastructure Operations



Alistair Inglis

Conceptual Designer



Andy Rubin

Founder/Managing Director



Anh Nguyen

Design Principal



Bruce Leak

Founder



Matt Hershenson

Founder



Peter Barrett

Founder



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Companies

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Agility Robotics







Ayar Labs







Fathom Computing







MileZero







RightHand Robotics







Virta







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