People at Ronin

Our people are at the core of everything we do.

Culture

We live our pillars of Direct, Professional, Inclusive and Kind every day. They color what we do, who we are, and who we aspire to be.

We are a diverse collective with a broad set of experiences. While we are headquartered in Silicon Valley, our team members are spread throughout North America and beyond.

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People

We are building a collective where exceptional people can come together to work on interesting projects, achieve their professional goals, and grow and develop alongside one another.

We are committed to each others’ success and strive to provide an environment where all voices are heard and opinions matter; one where people are empowered to define their own career path and travel it.

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Ronin’s four cultural pillars

These are the foundation of everything we do.

Direct

We chart a course and find the straightest path to an endpoint, with consideration of all the obstacles that lie between.

We have the courage to speak up respectfully when we have something to say. We find effective ways to solve problems.

Professional

We solve the problem. We are disciplined in pursuit of the long-term success of our clients and each other.

We establish a high standard of excellence that the market strives to match. We are always learning, and that work is never done.

Inclusive

We ensure everyone feels safe to be who they are at work, without fear or pressure to be anything other than authentic.

We construct environments that enable diverse talent to thrive. We are open to listening, learning, and adjusting our behaviors as we learn and grow.

Kind

We care about each others’ well being and success, and imagine ourselves in one another's shoes to best understand and help.

We extend kindness without any expectations or strings attached, understanding that kindness is a multiplier.

Direct

We chart a course and find the straightest path to an endpoint, with consideration of all the obstacles that lie between.

We have the courage to speak up honestly when we have something to say. We commit to finding effective ways through problems.

Professional

We solve the whole problem. We are disciplined in pursuit of the long-term success of our clients.

If we make a mistake, we own up to it and we fix it. Then we find ways to avoid making the same mistake again.

Inclusive

We ensure everyone feels safe to be who they are at work, without fear or pressure to be anything other than authentic.

We construct environments that enable diverse talent to thrive. We are open to listening, learning, and adjusting our behaviors as we learn and grow.

Kind

We care about each other’s well‑being and success more than we need to protect ourselves. We elevate each other, and find opportunities to give or share credit.

We tell others what we need, point out when we aren’t receiving it, and help others to support our needs.

The Ronin team

Get to know our people.
Hugo Ortiz
Studio Principal
What is your favorite place? Home
Rich Tangney
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner
What’s you favorite vehicle? My bicycle
Sarah Angle
Lead Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What are you reading right now? HOMO DEUS: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Hoah Harari
Stephen Senatore
Lead Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What is your favorite film? Memento
PJ Frederick
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What's your favorite film? Brazil by Terry Gilliam
Amelia Grossman
Mechanical Engineer
What is your favorite dessert? Black Rock City! Err wait I mean… pie.
Peter Capraro
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What is your favorite dessert? 12 Layer Russian Honey cake
Nicolas DiBenedetto
Studio Principal & Partner
What are you reading right now? Birds of All Feathers : A Guide to Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right by Michael Bach
Nickey
Executive Assistant
What’s your favorite travel destination? Any place I haven't been to yet!
Mike Lo
Senior Principal & Partner
What's your favorite travel destination? The Galapagos Islands
Cheryl Krestanowich
Chief People Officer
What is your favorite dessert? Matcha chocolate ice cream sandwich
Kenneth Chou
Senior Product Designer
What’s your favorite vehicle? McLaren F1
Ian Bennett
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What’s you favorite vehicle? A radio controlled one
Jonathan Downing
Lead Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What are you reading right now? The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Kabir Kalsi
Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What is your favorite film? The Flight of Dragons
Emily Morris
Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What are you reading right now? Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick
Elliot Sather
Studio Principal & Partner
What’s your favorite dessert? Aunt Susan's apple pie
Diego Solano
Hardware Systems Engineer & Partner
What is your favorite vehicle? “The Delorean...where we're going we don't need roads…”
Bill Carter-Giannini
Chief Technology Officer & Managing Partner
Abram Burkholder
Abram Burkholder
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Partner
What is your favorite travel destination? Eastern Sierras
Andy Kriebel
Sustainable Design Lead & Partner
What's your favorite book of all time? Parable series by Octavia Butler
Kimball Stone
Senior Mechanical Engineer & Partner
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Why Ronin?

A rōnin was a samurai in Feudal Japan who was mentored by a master over many years, becoming an expert with discipline and humility. While we are not a collective that claims Japanese heritage, we have chosen this name because we deeply admire and aspire to embody many of the rōnin’s extraordinary ways of being.

At Ronin Product Development Labs, we are world-class experts working as autonomous members of a collective, eager to share our knowledge with those who seek it.