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Andrew E. Rubin 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 Rubin
2008 Google Developer Day in Japan - Andy Rubin.jpg
Rubin at 2008 Google Developer Day in Japan
Andrew E. Rubin

EducationUtica College
OccupationFounder and CEO of Playground Global
Partner at Redpoint Ventures
Leads Essential Products
Spouse(s)Rie Rubin (divorced)


Early life and educationEdit

Rubin 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.[2] He attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York from 1977 until 1981 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Utica College, Utica, New York in 1986.[3]

He was nicknamed "Android" by his co-workers at Apple in 1989 due to a love of robots, with the nickname eventually becoming the official name of the Android operating system.[4]


Andy Rubin worked at Apple from 1989 to 1992 as a manufacturing engineer.[5]


After Android was acquired by Google in 2005,[6] Rubin became the company's senior vice president of mobile and digital content,[7][8] where he oversaw development of Android, an open-source operating system for smartphones.[9] 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.[10][11] In December 2013, Rubin started management of the robotics division of Google (which includes companies bought by Google, such as Boston Dynamics).[12] On October 31, 2014, he left Google after nine years at the company to start an incubator for hardware startups.[13][14][15][16]

Sexual harassment allegationsEdit

According to The New York Times, while the departure was presented to the media as an amicable one where Rubin would spend more time on philanthropy and start-ups, CEO Larry Page personally asked for Rubin's resignation after a sexual harassment claim by an employee against Rubin was found to be credible during an investigation by Google; the employee, with whom Rubin had an extramarital relationship, accused him of coercing her into oral sex in a hotel room in 2013.[17] Rubin disputed these reports and denied wrongdoing.[18] The incident, among others, led to the 2018 Google walkouts from Google's employee workforce over Rubin reportedly receiving a $90 million "exit package" to expedite his separation from the company. Google responded by sending a memo to employees saying no employees dismissed due to sexual harassment concerns after 2016 had received payouts.[19]

After GoogleEdit

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).[20][1] Rubin founded the company in 2015 along with Peter Barrett, Matt Hershenson and Bruce Leak.[21] Playground Global has raised a $300 million fund from investors including Google, HP, Foxconn, Redpoint Ventures, Seagate Technology and Tencent, among others.[20][1] It has invested in several companies, including Owl Labs.[22]

Rubin eventually joined and helped create the Android phone start-up Essential Products. In November 2017, he took a leave of absence from Essential Products after reports of the inappropriate relationship from his time at Google surfaced.[23][24] In December 2017, he returned to Essential Products.[25]

Rubin and his ex-wife, Rie Rubin, owned and operated Voyageur du Temps, a bakery and cafe in Los Altos, California, which closed in September 2018.[20][26][27]



  1. ^ a b c Barr, Alistair; Wakabayashi, Daisuke (April 6, 2015). "Android Creator Andy Rubin Launching Playground Global". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2017. (subscription required)
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Susmitha Suresh (October 26, 2018). "Who Is Andy Rubin? Android Founder Denies Sexual Misconduct Claims At Google". IBT.
  4. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (March 19, 2013). "Disconnect: why Andy Rubin and Android called it quits". The Verge. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Former Android Chief Andy Rubin Still Has His Apple Business Card From The 90s [Image]". Cult of Mac. 2013-03-25. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Ion, Florence (March 13, 2013). "Rubin out, Pichai in as Google's new senior vice president of Android". Ars Technica. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. ^ Richmond, Shane (March 13, 2013). "Google Android boss Andy Rubin steps aside". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ Krazit, Tom (May 20, 2009). "Google's Rubin: Android 'a revolution'". CNET. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Arthur, Charles (March 13, 2013). "Andy Rubin moved from Android to take on 'moonshots' at Google". The Guardian. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b Markoff, John (December 14, 2013). "Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots". The New York Times. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  13. ^ Barr, Alistair (October 31, 2014). "Former Android Leader Andy Rubin Leaving Google". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2017. (subscription required)
  14. ^ Lowensohn, Josh (October 30, 2014). "Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google". The Verge. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  15. ^ Wilhelm, Alex (October 30, 2014). "Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Gibbs, Samuel (2014-11-02). "The 'father of Android' leaves Google for new technology hardware startups". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  17. ^ Daisuke Wakabayashi; Katie Benner (October 25, 2018). "How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the 'Father of Android'". New York Times.
  18. ^ Hamilton, Isobel Asher (October 26, 2018). "Android creator Andy Rubin says the 'wild' allegations about his sexual misconduct and $90 million exit deal are a 'smear campaign'". Business Insider. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Amie Tsang; Adam Satariano (November 1, 2018). "Google Walkout: Employees Stage Protest Over Handling of Sexual Harassment". The New York Times.
  20. ^ a b c Tanz, Jason (February 9, 2016). "Andy Rubin unleashed Android on the world. Now watch him do the same with AI". Wired. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ Goode, Lauren (June 21, 2017). "Andy Rubin-backed Owl Labs just launched a robotic video conference camera". The Verge. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  23. ^ Heater, Brian. "Andy Rubin takes leave from Essential, as reports of an improper relationship at Google surface". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  24. ^ Wakabayashi, Daisuke (2017-11-29). "Andy Rubin, Android Creator, Steps Away From Firm Amid Misconduct Report". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  25. ^ Wang, Jules (December 10, 2017). "Andy Rubin back at Essential, but he never left Playground Global". PocketNow. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Schwyzer, Elizabeth. "All aboard the pastry train". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  27. ^ Hartman, Melissa (2018-09-28). "All or muffin: Voyageur du Temps bets on negotiation, forced to vacate". Los Altos Town Crier. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
  28. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Andy Rubin's Playground Ventures is raising another $15M". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  29. ^ "Here's what we know about Andy Rubin's new Essential phone". Recode. Retrieved 2018-01-04.

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