My name is Ricky Opaterny, and I take photos—usually with 35mm film. I am a partner at Hangar, a private equity firm that focuses on creating and investing in tech companies that serve public sector markets. I was previously the general manager at Hattery, a San Francisco-based technology startup incubator, events series, and design lab. Before that I was the program manager at TuneIn, where I ran an editorial team and business analytics. And prior to that, I worked for Google, where I was the executive producer of @Google, the company’s online series of talks, lectures, conversations, and concerts, whose online audience has amassed over 80 million views. I launched Google’s initiative to provide free advertising and education in online marketing to businesses in the developing world and managed advertiser retention for the AdWords product. I'm also a co-founder and director of the Cape Cod-based arts organization Twenty Summers. I've presented and produced events with such luminaries as Secretary Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Adam Gopnik, Garance Doré, Christopher Hitchens, Ambassador Samantha Power, Salman Rushdie, Atul Gawande, Elizabeth Gilbert, George Soros, Michael Lewis, Michael Bloomberg, and many others.
My work has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, New Statesman, and Boston Globe. I attended UC Berkeley, where I studied modern American literature, and NYU’s Stern School of Business, where I was an InSITE Fellow. I have a history of saving bookstores for no good reason.