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
1963 (53-54 years old)
Chappaqua, New York, U.S.
Occupation Founder and CEO of Playground Global
Partner at Redpoint Ventures.

Andrew E. "Andy" Rubin (born 1963) 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.[1] 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, CA.[2]

After Android was acquired by Google in 2005, Rubin became the company's Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content until March 2013,[3] where he oversaw development of Android, an open-source operating system for smartphones.[4][5][6] Rubin has seventeen patents for his inventions.

On 13 March 2013, Larry Page announced in a blog post that Rubin had moved from the Android division to take on new projects at Google.[7] He was replaced by Sundar Pichai, who now serves as Google's CEO.[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 30 October 2014 he left Google after nine years at the company to start an incubator for hardware startups.[11]

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).[2][12] Rubin founded the company in 2015 along with Peter Barrett, Matt Hershenson and Bruce Leak.[13] Playground Global has raised a $300 million fund from investors including Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Seagate Technology and Tencent, among others.[2][12]

Early life[edit]

Rubin, born in 1963, 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.[14] Rubin ran a computer bulletin board system in his youth.[15]



List of patents[edit]

Andrew Rubin (or as Andrew E. Rubin or Andy Rubin) is named as an inventor in seventeen U.S. Patents:


  1. ^ Barr, Alistair. "Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ a b c "Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Rubin out, Pichai in as Google's new senior vice president of Android". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  4. ^ Google's Rubin: Android 'a revolution'
  5. ^ Official Blog: Update from the CEO
  6. ^ {{Citation He has left Google, [it was said at the WSJ conference]( |last=Efrati |first=Amir |title=The Man Behind Android's Rise |newspaper=The Wall Street Journal |date=August 17, 2011 |url= }}
  7. ^ a b Arthur, Charles (13 March 2013). "Andy Rubin moved from Android to take on 'moonshots' at Google". The Guardian. London. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Darrell Etherington (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. 
  10. ^ a b "Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots", New York Times, December 14, 2013.
  11. ^ "Android co-founder Andy Rubin leaves Google". Market Business News. October 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Barr, Alistair. "Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global". 
  13. ^ Boslet, Mark. "Rubin raises $242 mln fund to go with new Playground hardware incubator". Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h Markoff, John (4 November 2007). "I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  15. ^ System 0perator Ducati (30 October 1991). "Spies is shutting down because the time has come". Jason Scott. 

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