Don Marinelli

New York, NY

Dr. Donald Marinelli is the Director of Innovation for Inven Global Esports, the English-language website for Inven-Korea, the leading eSports and video game website in Korea with over an 80% market share.

Marinelli is also Associate Director of the Entertainment Technology Management program at Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

He retired from Carnegie Mellon University in April 2012, concluding an illustrious 31 years of service to the university in a variety of capacities.

Together with the late computer science professor, Randy Pausch (The Last Lecture), Marinelli co-founded the world-renowned Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). Marinelli was also a tenured Professor of Drama and Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Marinelli was integral in creation of the Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts Management program, the Master of Fine Arts in Acting degree program with the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, and the Master of Entertainment Technology degree program within the ETC.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Marinelli completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Duquesne University. He subsequently attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Ph.D. in theatre history, literature, and criticism in 1987 with a dissertation on the early life and career of the Italian Futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

His book about co-founding the ETC with the late computer science professor Randy Pausch, author of the critically acclaimed, The Last Lecture, was published in the spring of 2010 by Sterling Innovation, a division of Barnes & Noble. Titled The Comet and the Tornado, the book recounts the six years Don and Randy shared an office creating the center that has become recognized internationally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.” It was Barnes & Noble’s “Book of the Month” in April 2010.

Marinelli is currently EVP of Vissman Management, a merger, acquisition, and venture capital firm based in Pittsburgh. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, consults for numerous clients, and is a sought-after motivational speaker on the impact of digital media in education and society.