Andy Rubin

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Andy Rubin
2008 Google Developer Day in Japan - Andy Rubin.jpg
Rubin at 2008 Google Developer Day in Japan.
Born Andrew E. Rubin
(1962-06-22) June 22, 1962 (age 55)[1]
Chappaqua, New York, U.S.
Occupation Founder and CEO of Playground Global
Partner at Redpoint Ventures.
Leads Essential Products

Andrew E. "Andy" Rubin (born June 22, 1962) is an American computer programmer, engineer, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. He is the founder and CEO of tech startup incubator Playground Global and a partner at venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures.[2] He is the co-founder and former CEO of both Danger Inc. and Android Inc. Andy and his wife, Rie, also own and operate Voyageur du Temps, a bakery in Los Altos, California.[3]

After Android was acquired by Google in 2005,[4] Rubin became the company's Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content,[5][6] where he oversaw development of Android, an open-source operating system for smartphones.[7] On March 13, 2013, Larry Page announced in a blog post that Rubin had moved from the Android division to take on new projects at Google, with Sundar Pichai taking over Android.[8][9] In December 2013, Rubin started management of the robotics division of Google (which includes companies bought by Google, such as Boston Dynamics).[10] On October 31, 2014, he left Google after nine years at the company to start an incubator for hardware startups.[11][12][13] He now leads Essential Products.

Playground Global[edit]

Playground Global is a tech incubator that provides resources, mentorship and funding to startups making hardware devices, specifically to help make advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI).[3][2] Rubin founded the company in 2015 along with Peter Barrett, Matt Hershenson and Bruce Leak.[14] Playground Global has raised a $300 million fund from investors including Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Seagate Technology and Tencent, among others.[3][2] It has invested in several companies, including Owl Labs.[15]

Early life[edit]

Rubin, born in 1962, grew up in Chappaqua, New York, the son of a psychologist who later founded his own direct-marketing firm. His father's firm created photographs of the latest electronic gadgets to be sent with credit card bills.[16] He was nicknamed "Android" by his coworkers at Apple in 1989 due to a love of robots, with the nickname eventually becoming the official name of the Android operating system.[17]

Education[edit]

Career[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Rubin Story". SuccessStory. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Barr, Alistair; Wakabayashi, Daisuke (April 6, 2015). "Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved July 25, 2017.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b c Tanz, Jason (February 9, 2016). "Andy Rubin unleashed Android on the world. Now watch him do the same with AI". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Elgin, Ben (August 17, 2005). "Google Buys Android for Its Mobile Arsenal". Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg. Archived from the original on February 5, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Ion, Florence (March 13, 2013). "Rubin out, Pichai in as Google’s new senior vice president of Android". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ Richmond, Shane (March 13, 2013). "Google Android boss Andy Rubin steps aside". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ Krazit, Tom (May 20, 2009). "Google's Rubin: Android 'a revolution'". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ Arthur, Charles (March 13, 2013). "Andy Rubin moved from Android to take on 'moonshots' at Google". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ Etherington, Darrell (March 13, 2013). "Sundar Pichai Takes Over For Andy Rubin As Head Of Android At Google, Signals The Unification of Android, Chrome And Apps". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b Markoff, John (December 14, 2013). "Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  11. ^ Barr, Alistair (October 31, 2014). "Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved July 25, 2017.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (October 30, 2014). "Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  13. ^ Wilhelm, Alex (October 30, 2014). "Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  14. ^ Kosoff, Maya (April 6, 2015). "Former Android boss Andy Rubin has raised $48 million to fund hardware companies and joined a VC firm". Business Insider. Axel Springer SE. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  15. ^ Goode, Lauren (June 21, 2017). "Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs just launched a robotic video conference camera". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h Markoff, John (November 4, 2007). "I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  17. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (March 19, 2013). "Disconnect: why Andy Rubin and Android called it quits". The Verge. Vox Media. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 

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