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.

Software
New York
Relativity Space

A company developing process of building and flying rockets.

Rocket
Los Angeles
Branch Metrics

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

Software
Redwood City, California
FarmWise

Artificial Intelligence company

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Skydio

Skydio is a company founded by Adam Bry, Matt Donahoe and Abraham Bachrach.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
San Francisco
Algolux

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

Machine learning
Montreal
Lighthouse AI

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.

Consumer electronics
Palo Alto, California
Sparta Science

Sparta Science is a Menlo Park, California-based company.

Sport
Menlo Park, California
Fabric (logistics platform)

Fabric is a company founded by Elram Goren.

Nauto

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

Machine learning
Palo Alto, California
Manifold Biotechnologies

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

Biotechnology
Boston
RightHand Robotics

E-commerce
Virtahealth (company)

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

Healthcare
San Francisco
CANVAS Technology

CANVAS Technology is a Boulder, Colorado-based company.

Computer Vision
Boulder, Colorado
14 Results
Page 1 of 1
Results per page:
Powered by Golden Research Engine

Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Playground Global, LLC
40,000,000
40,000,000
Palo Alto, California
January 11, 2017
Playground Ventures, L.P.
300,000,000
242,424,242
Los Altos, California
April 6, 2015
Playground Ventures II, L.P.
500,000,000
Palo Alto, California
November 22, 2016
Playground Quantum Fund, L.P.
10,000,000
Palo Alto, California
November 21, 2017
Playground Ventures Affiliates II, L.P.
15,000,000
Palo Alto, California
June 29, 2017
5 Results
Page 1 of 1
Results per page:
Powered by Golden Research Engine

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

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

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 [...]

References

Golden logo
Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0; additional terms apply. By using this site, you agree to our Terms & Conditions.