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

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
RapidSOS

A technology company that has created a platform which connects emergency responders with essential data. It was founded in 2012 and is located in New York City.

An electronics and Internet company that has created mesh networking equipment for home Wi-Fi. It was founded in 2015 and is located in San Francisco, California.

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

Lighthouse AI is a Palo Alto, California-based consumer electronics company.

Algolux is a company founded by Allan Benchetrit and Felix Heide.

Fabric is a company founded by Elram Goren.

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

Company developing a protein barcoding platform to employ powerful multiplexed measurement.

Virtahealth is a San Francisco-based healthcare company founded by Sami Inkinen.

Lassogen, Inc. is a San Diego-based company.

CANVAS Technology is a Boulder, Colorado-based company.

Strand Therapeutics is a biotechnology company.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Playground Global, LLC
40,000,000
40,000,000
January 11, 2017
300,000,000
242,424,242
April 6, 2015
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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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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Agility Robotics

Ayar Labs

Fathom Computing

MileZero

RightHand Robotics

Virta

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Kirsten Korosec
July 24, 2020
TechCrunch
Peter Barrett might be best known today as co-founder and CTO of Playground Global. But his experience in the technology world stretches back to when he was a teenager. Barrett's first security program got the attention of the NSA when he was just 19 years old. His career has been an adventure ever since, starting [...]

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