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Andy Rubin        

Founder & CEO, Essential Products

Andy Rubin is the founder and CEO of Playground Global, a venture studio that provides investment and resources for tech startups working in the area of hardware and AI. He is the co-founder and CEO of both Android and Danger (maker of the "Sidekick", a precursor to the modern smartphone). Rubin joined Google in 2005 via the acquisition of Android, which under his leadership became the most used operating system in the world. He also built Google’s mobile and digital content businesses and launched products and managed teams responsible for Nexus branded handsets, speech recognition, predictive assistants, music, movies and more. Earlier in his career, Andy helped build and ship WebTV, the first interactive television-based internet service, and led the development and shipment of the Motorola Envoy, one of the first wireless PDAs for General Magic.

Andy Rubin is responsible for Google’s mobile and digital content businesses, including development of Android and Google Play. Prior to joining Google, he was founder and CEO of Android, a company he incubated as an entrepreneur in residence at Redpoint Ventures. Android was acquired by Google in 2005.

Previously, Rubin was president and CEO of Danger Inc., where he helped create the Sidekick, one of the first mobile devices to offer a direct Internet experience. Earlier, he was instrumental in building and shipping WebTV, the first interactive television-based Internet service, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1995. He also led the effort to ship the Motorola Envoy, one of the first wireless PDAs for General Magic, and helped design the 
first host-based software modem for Apple Computer.

He began his career as a software engineer for Carl Zeiss A.G., maker of industrial and consumer optical products, and is the author of numerous patents in wireless communications.


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